Read Ezekiel 38
Focus on verse 9
There is something about a gathering thunderstorm that stirs conflicting emotions within me. On the one hand there is the awe and wonder of the flashes of lighting and the rumbling thunder, while on the other, there is the ominous knowledge of the sheer destructive power of water driven by wind and a million volts of electricity discharging anywhere near me. It would be much more frightening to me if I was not confident that the storm is never out of the control of our sovereign God.
In today’s reading Ezekiel describes a gathering storm of an even more ominous variety. The Lord describes to Ezekiel how He will entice the nations around Israel to muster a massive army with the intent of destroying Israel once and for all. Ezekiel is to proclaim to these nations that they will not succeed for God himself will fight against them and protect His people. In tomorrows reading the carnage is described in more detail as Ezekiel is instructed to prophesy to the carrion birds and scavengers who will feed on the bodies of the slain armies. Not a pretty picture, but a clear message that God is proclaiming regarding how He will make it clear to the world that He is the Lord. Those who rebel against Him will have the opportunity to repent and return into relationship with God. Those who refuse – will bear the consequences of their choice to continue in their rebellion.
The take home for me in this once again is, that amidst all this violence and bloodshed, the love and mercy of God continues to be evident. As He stated a few chapters back, He does not delight in the destruction of humanity. He would much rather that we choose to walk with Him through life rather than fight against Him. Why would I choose to rebel when I know what the consequences of that will be? Particularly when I also have experienced the peace and blessing that accompanies submitting to Him?