November 8, 2017: He has hemmed me in.

 

Ezekiel 17:11-15 (NIV)
11  Then the word of the LORD came to me:
12  “Say to this rebellious house, ‘Do you not know what these things mean?’ Say to them: ‘The king of Babylon went to Jerusalem and carried off her king and her nobles, bringing them back with him to Babylon.
13  Then he took a member of the royal family and made a treaty with him, putting him under oath. He also carried away the leading men of the land,
14  so that the kingdom would be brought low, unable to rise again, surviving only by keeping his treaty.
15  But the king rebelled against him by sending his envoys to Egypt to get horses and a large army. Will he succeed? Will he who does such things escape? Will he break the treaty and yet escape?

God had commanded the people of Judah to submit to the Babylonians when they came to take them into captivity.  It was going to be for their good but they refused to trust God when he came to correct them.  Instead they went to Egypt to try to escape God’s correction. Refusing to submit to His discipline made things even worse for them in the long run

How foolish to resist God’s correcting influence in our life.  Take a quick look inside your life for a moment this morning.  What do you find there?  Do you find a heart that is quick to repent and confess and turn from your sin?  If this is the case God be praised.  His Word tells us to not resist the discipline of the Lord for whom the Lord loves he chastens.  If he is correcting you and you find yourself willing to submit to his rod of correction that is true evidence that you have been made alive to the things of God.

On the other hand, if you find yourself refusing to confess and admit your need for forgiveness and cleansing then you will only find yourself running headlong into the very thing you want to escape.  How merciful our heavenly Father I to leave us no way out but to run to him.

Thankful this morning that my God has left me with no option but to run to Him.

Pastor Phil

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