Ezekiel 36:24-32 (NIV)
24″ ‘For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land.
25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
28 You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people, and I will be your God.
29 I will save you from all your uncleanness. I will call for the grain and make it plentiful and will not bring famine upon you.
30 I will increase the fruit of the trees and the crops of the field, so that you will no longer suffer disgrace among the nations because of famine.
31 Then you will remember your evil ways and wicked deeds, and you will loathe yourselves for your sins and detestable practices.
32 I want you to know that I am not doing this for your sake, declares the Sovereign LORD. Be ashamed and disgraced for your conduct, O house of Israel!
Are you running out of gas during this crisis?
Can’t seem to find the strength to go on? Confused about the outcomes of all of this pandemic response?
You are not alone, but you have great reason to rejoice today because your ultimate redemption is not up to you. I have highlighted all the personal pronouns in this text for a reason. All these personal pronouns speak of God’s activity in your life for his own glory.
It does not matter what anyone decides to do about all this pandemic situation; God’s plan for your life will never be frustrated. It is God that is working out your redemption and rescue, not you.
Whew! What a relief! And what an excellent reason for rejoicing. Time to lift your eyes to the skies. Raise your hands to the heavens. God is working out our own rescue from all of this one day soon.