Ezekiel 30

Scripture

Ezekiel 30:19

“’…So I will inflict punishment on Egypt,
    and they will know that I am the Lord.’”

Observation – What does it say?

In this chapter we find twice more God sharing the intentions of his actions. Over and over again throughout this book God makes it clear what he is after: that “they will know that [He is] the Lord.”

Understanding – What does it mean?

God is passionate about being known!

He longs to reveal himself, and is willing to use any means necessary to do so. It’s easy to look back and despise life’s challenges and the years I spent suffering the consequences of my sin. But, if it wasn’t for the hard times where would any of us be in our relationship with God? It was the hardest times that caused me to draw near to God and seek him. And of course, whenever I sought him he revealed himself.

It’s often hard to “consider it pure joy” whenever we face trials of many kinds (James 1:2). But it makes it a bit easier when we realize that every challenge is an opportunity for God to reveal himself to us. Even in discipline, God’s intent is that we come out the other side sharing a deeper intimacy with him.

Life Application

Rather than complaining, develop the habit of asking God, “How are you wanting to reveal yourself to me in this season/situation?

God, thank you that you’re passionate about revealing yourself. We want to know you more! In all that we experience, please help us not to miss what you’re trying to show us. Amen.

– Levi Thompson

 

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