Lord, Sometimes Serving You Seems Complicated—Ezekiel 28:2-5

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 26:15-28:26, 2 Kings 25:3-7, Jeremiah 52:6-11, Jeremiah 39:2-10

Heavenly Father, sometimes serving You seems complicated. In Proverbs, Solomon tells us to get wisdom and understanding:

Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them. —Proverbs 4:5 (NIV)

Then in today’s reading Ezekiel pronounces judgement on the city of Tyre because their wisdom and understanding led to great wealth, which resulted in pride. The end result of their wisdom and understanding was self-actualization gone wild…

“Son of man, give the prince of Tyre this message from the Sovereign Lord:

“In your great pride you claim, ‘I am a god!
I sit on a divine throne in the heart of the sea.’
But you are only a man and not a god,
though you boast that you are a god.
You regard yourself as wiser than Daniel
and think no secret is hidden from you.
With your wisdom and understanding you have amassed great wealth—
gold and silver for your treasuries.
Yes, your wisdom has made you very rich,
and your riches have made you very proud.

Ezekiel 28:2-5

Satan’s favorite tool, pride is always lurking around the next corner. I have jumped on the pride train more times than I’d like to admit.  I would never think that I was seeing myself as god during those times. But acting like I know more than You, the God who made me, must look like a “god attitude” to You.

Jesus, life is only complicated when we try to do it without You. Holy Spirit, without Your teaching and counsel we will go overboard. We start to think we’re did it all by ourselves.

I must never forget that You and You alone are the source of all wisdom, understanding, and wealth. Lord, when I see these things in my life, help me to be reminded that You are God and I am not! All good things come from You! (James 1:17)

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 39:11-18, Jeremiah 40:1-6, 2 Kings 25:8-21, Jeremiah 52:12-27, 2 Chronicles 36:15-21, Lamentations 1:1-22

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