Are You Gloating? Stop it! –Obadiah 1:13

Today’s Scripture Reading: Lamentations 5:1-22; Obadiah 1:1-21; 2 Kings 25:22-26; Jeremiah 40:7-41:18

Gloating defined: To feel or express great, often malicious, pleasure or self-satisfaction:

When was the last time you had great pleasure and self-satisfaction over someone else’s pain?

I wish I could say that since I became a Christian (in the 5th grade) I’ve never gloated, but of course, that would be a lie.  Today’s reading made it very clear to me just how much the Lord hates gloating!

“Because of the violence you did to your close relatives in Israel, you will be filled with shame and destroyed forever. When they were invaded, you stood aloof, refusing to help them.

Foreign invaders carried off their wealth and cast lots to divide up Jerusalem, but you acted like one of Israel’s enemies.

  • You should not have gloated when they exiled your relatives to distant lands.
  • You should not have rejoiced when the people of Judah suffered such misfortune.
  • You should not have spoken arrogantly in that terrible time of trouble.
  • You should not have plundered the land of Israel when they were suffering such calamity.
  • You should not have gloated over their destruction when they were suffering such calamity.
  • You should not have seized their wealth when they were suffering such calamity.
  • You should not have stood at the crossroads, killing those who tried to escape.
  • You should not have captured the survivors and handed them over in their terrible time of trouble.  —Obadiah 1:10-14

In these verses the prophet Obadiah was talking to the Edomites.  Remember the story of Jacob and Esau?  The Edomites were the descendants of Esau and they were really mad about the whole birthright thing (Genesis 25:19-34).  Because of this, the Edomites hated the Jews (Jacob’s descendants) and did their best to cause them pain and suffering whenever possible.

The more I think about this, unforgiveness is most likely at the root of our gloating.  I know that most of the “gloating” I’ve done has been wrapped up in anger, hurt and unforgiveness.  It was true of the Edomites as well, they never really forgave Jacob for stealing their birthright and blessing.  No matter how unfair it is, we have to forgive.  Forgiveness is a process and the way you know you’ve truly forgiven is when you have the opportunity to gloat and you don’t!

(For more help with unforgiveness read The Phases of Forgiveness)

Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I’ve enjoyed the pain of others.  Shine a light on my heart and make me clean.  Lord, help me to forgive quickly and totally.  Help me to give grace to others as You have given it to me.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!




© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 42:1-44:30; Ezekiel 33:21-33

When Everything You’ve Hoped for is Lost—Lamentations 3:18-26

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Lamentations 2:1 through Lamentations 4:22

Hope is a powerful force.  When you have hope you can do the physically and mentally impossible, but when hope is gone you turn into an emotionless shell that just exists.

Most of my life I’ve been a person  full of hope. I love to plan and think about the future.  I’ve never spend a lot of time on the past; I’d rather dream about things to come.


In a few


When hope was lost


When everything I had dreamed about and everything I thought I was supposed to be, was gone, seemingly forever.  In these times I knew what Solomon meant when he said in Proverbs 13:12 that hope deferred makes the heart sick.

Jeremiah knew how I felt and he knew how you feel:

I cry out, “My splendor is gone! Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost!” The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words.  I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. –Lamentations 3:18-20

When we reach a place in life where we don’t expect or believe things will get any better…

What do we do?

We do what Jeremiah did; we talk to ourselves.

“Self-talk” is a term psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, coaches and trainers use every day.  Just like most successful life skills, self-talk originated in the Bible.

Self-Talk is our internal dialogue, our thoughts. It is those thoughts, positive or negative, that end up shaping our lives, and results in the decisions we make, personally, professionally and spiritually.

The most important voice we will ever hear other than the voice of God is our own voice.  What we say to ourselves will either cause us to rise above life’s trials and tribulations or fall beneath the weight of them.

Jeremiah spent 20 verses venting, complaining, and laying his feelings on the table; then in verse 21 he grabbed himself by the collar, actually they didn’t have collars then :-), and used one of the great eraser words


Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:  The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease.   Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord. –Lamentations 3:21-26  (emphasis mine)

Friends, we need to fight like Jeremiah to preserve our hope. When everyone says there’s no hope, we must say to ourselves, “No matter what the circumstances look like, I will hope in God!”  This is one of the few things in life that no one can take away from us, but we can give it away, if we’re not careful.

In Psalms 42 and 43, David said to himself three times:

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?

I will put my hope in God!  I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!

Psalms 42:11

Heavenly Father, help us to grasp the importance of our thoughts and our words.  Help us to daily work WITH You and not against You as we think and speak.  Holy Spirit, show us the thoughts and words that aren’t pleasing to You.  Teach us how use the weapon of self-talk to win the battle for our hope.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:Lamentations 5:1-22; Obadiah 1:1-21; 2 Kings 25:22-26; Jeremiah 40:7 through Jeremiah 41:18

Is Ignorance Really Blissful?—2 Chronicles 36:15-16

Today’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

My husband Harry has often said that he believes God instituted parenting so that we could understand His heart.  When we see our Heavenly Father through the lens of a parent, our parent; His Word and His ways are overflowing with love, mercy, and kindness.

From the first day I found out I was pregnant with my first child until this very moment my desire for my children has always been to lead them to Christ and to protect them from the tough things in life.  I want to teach them every lesson I’ve learned so they don’t have to make the same mistakes.

My love for my children pales in comparison to the way our Heavenly Father loves us.  My life experience and knowledge of the world is like looking at life through a pinhole compared to the knowledge of our God, who simultaneously sees, knows, and understands the past, present, and the future.

But in the same way my children some times go their own way and do their own thing, we ignore the warnings of our Heavenly Father and choose our own way instead of following the One who divinely knows best.

Can you hear God’s parental side coming out in 2 Chronicles 36:15-16?

The Lord, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets to warn them, for he had compassion on his people and his Temple.  But the people mocked these messengers of God and despised their words. They scoffed at the prophets until the Lord’s anger could no longer be restrained and nothing could be done.

“Mocked these messengers of God and despised their words…”

Sometimes the only way we will learn is to be forced to live with the consequences.  This goes for all of the human race not just children.  I wonder if our God is saying to Himself (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and maybe even the angels…

“I have provided the people of the 21st century with my guidebook to victorious living on this earth, the Bible.  I love them so much I’ve recorded my words to warn them of the pitfalls of this earthly life and to teach them how to be Jesus to the world.  But my people insult me;  they don’t even know what my Word says.  Ignorance of my Word is no excuse for disobedience.”

In a message a year ago, Kraig Krempa, executive pastor at Niceville Assembly said, “What we read is how we’re supposed to live, but by-in-large the church doesn’t read the Bible.”

When we as Christians stand before God, we won’t be able to blame parents, teachers, authors or pastors for their misinterpretations or our lack of knowledge of God’s Word; it’s our responsibility to know Him through His Word.  But the mercy of the Lord is amazing; He sent the Holy Spirit to be our interpreter, IF we open the Bible and spend time with Him, He will teach us!

Ignorance certainly won’t be blissful the day we stand before our God!

Heavenly Father, Your Word is life to us! Being ignorant of Your Word is a tool that Satan has used since the Garden of Eden.  Help us to resist this enemy whose number one goal is to keep us from Knowing You.  Holy Spirit, draw us to your Word, teach us your ways, make us like You and use us for Your Glory!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Lamentations 2:1 through Lamentations 4:22

When Things Get Worse…

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

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The people of Israel will again live in their own land, the land I gave my servant Jacob. For I will gather them from the distant lands where I have scattered them.  I will reveal to the nations of the world my holiness among my people.  They will live safely in Israel and build homes and plant vineyards. And when I punish the neighboring nations that treated them with contempt, they will know that I am the Lord their God.”

Can you imagine being a Jew exiled in Babylon hearing this prophesy in Ezekiel 28:25-26?

I’m sure there was celebration, excitement, and expectation throughout every Jewish family trapped in Babylon.  If I had been a Jew in Babylon and heard that prophesy I would have started packing my bags, making my plans, and looking forward to the day when my people were once again seen by neighboring nations as “God’s chosen.”

But, what happened next would have made me cancel the moving van and realize “going home” wasn’t going to be a reality any time soon.

Two and a half years later, on July 18 in the eleventh year of Zedekiah’s reign, the Babylonians broke through the wall, and the city fell.  All the officers of the Babylonian army came in and sat in triumph at the Middle Gate: Nergal-sharezer of Samgar, and Nebo-sarsekim, a chief officer, and Nergal-sharezer, the king’s adviser, and all the other officers. —Jeremiah 39:2-3

The city of Jerusalem had been destroyed.

But what about Ezekiel’s prophesy?

Maybe he didn’t  r-e-a-l-l-y hear from God.  Maybe we will never go home.  Maybe we will never be “God’s chosen people” again.

Have you ever felt this way?

You read a passage of scripture in God’s Word, believed it pertained to your situation, believed God spoke to you and promised a breakthrough… …and then things got worse. There are two ways we can look at these times:

  • God, why would you give me false hope?
  • God, thank you for giving me hope so I can survive these difficult days!

Friends, if God said it—it will come to pass; the how and when are His to determine. That’s His job; He’s God.

Our job is to…

  • Trust GodTrust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. –Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Believe GodIn the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” –Galatians 3:6
  • Have Faith in God’s Word and His PromisesAnd it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. –Hebrews 11:6

Yes, things got worse for the Jews before they got better, but they did get better and every promise God made came true.  We can expect the same (Acts 10:34-35).

Heavenly Father, help us to trust You, believe You, and have faith in Your Word and Your Promises.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

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

Do You Have a Rejection Phobia?—Jeremiah 33:25

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 32:1 through 33:26; Ezekiel 26:1-14

Is the fear of rejection something you occasionally battle or does this fear run your life and hold you back like a ship’s anchor?

We can be fearless in some areas, maybe most areas of our life and then have one area that we are petrified at the thought of being rejected, tossed aside or not included.

In Jeremiah 32, Jerusalem was under siege from the Babylonians and Jeremiah was imprisoned in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace.  The Lord sent a message to the Israelites through Jeremiah: I will hand this city over to the Babylonians and to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and he will capture it.  The Babylonians outside the walls will come in and set fire to the city. They will burn down all these houses where the people provoked my anger by burning incense to Baal on the rooftops and by pouring out liquid offerings to other gods.  Israel and Judah have done nothing but wrong since their earliest days. They have infuriated me with all their evil deeds,” says the Lord.  “From the time this city was built until now, it has done nothing but anger me, so I am determined to get rid of it.Jeremiah 32:28-31

If you were a Jew living in that day, would you have felt rejected?

It’s one thing to be rejected by a stranger, friend, or family member, but to think you’ve been rejected by the God of the universe; that must be a pretty lonely feeling.

The Lord heard the talk on the streets and brought it up to Jeremiah: “Have you noticed what people are saying?—‘The Lord chose Judah and Israel and then abandoned them!’ They are sneering and saying that Israel is not worthy to be counted as a nation. —Jeremiah 33:24

To the Jews and the people of other heathen nations it probably looked like God was rejecting Israel—everything that could go wrong did.  I’m sure the Jews kept saying, “But we are ‘God’s chosen people’; this shouldn’t be happening to us!”

Have you ever said something similar to this?

“Lord, this shouldn’t be happening, I’m Your child.  I’m serving You!”

Have You forgotten about me?

Have You rejected me?

Here’s what the Lord said to the Jews and to us (see Galatians 3:6-9):

I would no more reject my people than I would change my laws that govern night and day, earth and sky.  I will never abandon the descendants of Jacob or David, my servant, or change the plan that David’s descendants will rule the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Instead, I will restore them to their land and have mercy on them. —Jeremiah 33:25-26

Friends, we live in a fallen world.  Imperfect people will reject us, things will seem to work against us, but make no mistake


Your God Will Never Reject You!


He will restore you to wholeness–Just Trust Him!

The LORD says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you. —Joel 2:25

Heavenly Father, the fear of rejection is like an epidemic in the Christian world today.  Help us to know that we can count on you to never fail us or abandon us (Hebrews 13:5).  Holy Spirit, help us to walk in confidence knowing that the One, True, Living God will ALWAYS be for us , so who can be against us (Romans 8:31).  Jesus, help us to do the work you’ve called us to do with boldness and confidence for Your Glory and Your Honor. In Jesus’ Name.

Amen and Amen!

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

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

Your Dearest Treasure—Ezekiel 24:15-16

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Ezekiel 24:15 through Ezekiel 25:17; Jeremiah 34:1-22; Jeremiah 21:1-14; Ezekiel 29:1-16; Ezekiel 30:20 through Ezekiel  31:18

What is your dearest treasure?

Ezekiel’s dearest treasure was his wife.  The King James Version calls her “the delight of his eyes.” When I think about Ezekiel’s life as a prophet it’s easy to understand how important his wife was to him.  God had called him to bring difficult messages to the Jewish people while he was held captive in Babylon.  I’m sure many times he felt as though he was completely alone; except for his wife.

This word from the Lord must have felt like a dagger through his heart:

Then this message came to me from the Lord:  “Son of man, with one blow I will take away your dearest treasure. Yet you must not show any sorrow at her death. Do not weep; let there be no tears.  Groan silently, but let there be no wailing at her grave. Do not uncover your head or take off your sandals. Do not perform the usual rituals of mourning or accept any food brought to you by consoling friends.” –Ezekiel 24:15-17

My first thought after reading these verses was, “Lord, why would you go to such great length to send Israel a message.”  I’m thinking like a human and seeing this earthly life and earthly love as the most important gifts we have and wondering why in the world would God waste all that to send a message to some rebellious people; but God’s ways are not like our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9) and this earthly life is just a second in the scope of eternity.

The thought of Ezekiel’s wife dying a premature death must have been  overwhelming; asking Ezekiel not to show any sorrow at her death was completely unheard of.  This is totally contrary to Old Testament funeral practices, which featured loud wailings and passionate expressions of grief.   Demonstrative grief and sorrow was expected and seen as a sign of great love of love for the one who had died.

The death of Ezekiel’s wife was a sign designed to portray the loss of God’s blessing for Jerusalem (24:15–24). The “dearest treasure” (24:16) referred to Ezekiel’s wife. The same expression was used in 24:21 to refer to the Jerusalem temple. As Ezekiel was forbidden the customary mourning practices with regard to his wife’s death, the people were not to mourn God’s judgment on Jerusalem, for it was just (24:22–23). (Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary)

Ezekiel’s level of love and commitment to his God and the office of a prophet is the ultimate love story and God’s example of how the Jewish people were supposed to act when God’s judgment would fall on Jerusalem.


Would God ask so much of Ezekiel?

Then the Lord said to me, “Son of man, on the day I take away their stronghold—their joy and glory, their heart’s desire, their dearest treasure—I will also take away their sons and daughters. And on that day a survivor from Jerusalem will come to you in Babylon and tell you what has happened.  And when he arrives, your voice will suddenly return so you can talk to him, and you will be a symbol for these people. Then they will know that I am the Lord.Ezekiel 24:25-27 (Emphasis mine)

Friends, in our lives we’ve all had things happen to us that just don’t make sense.  It’s hard for us to believe our Heavenly Father would allow us to walk through such pain and sorrow.  In these hard times our continued commitment to the Lord may be the greatest testimony of the reality of Christ an unbeliever will ever see.  Your testimony could make a difference between heaven and hell for that person.  Your testimony could be the only thing that gets them through their pain and sorrow.

Your Heavenly Father could be saying to you, “________________, you are a symbol for these people.  Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

Heavenly Father, help us to reflect our trust in You in the good times and the hard times of our lives.  Help others to “know You more” through the testimony of our lives.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 32:1 through 33:26; Ezekiel 26:1-14

Help Wanted: Able-bodied Men and Women Who can Stand–Ezekiel 22:30-31

Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 22:17-23:49; 2 Kings 24:20b-25:2; Jeremiah 52:3b-5; Jeremiah 39:1; Ezekiel 24:1-14

Are you looking for a job in the Kingdom of God?

I certainly hope your answer is yes?

Because I’ve found a couple of jobs that are available.

It seems that in Ezekiel’s day there was no one willing to take these two jobs.

“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one. So now I will pour out my fury on them, consuming them with the fire of my anger. I will heap on their heads the full penalty for all their sins. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!” –Ezekiel 22:30-31

God is a good parent, a Heavenly Father who says what He means and means what He says.  Just like earthly parents, disciplining His children is tougher on the Him than His children.  He wanted someone to rebuild the wall of righteousness and stand in the gap so He no longer needed to pour out his fury, but there was no one.

Friends, this is why He sent His Son, there was no one who could rebuild the wall of righteousness or stand in the gap.  So He sent His only Son to rescue you and I from the full penalty for our sins (John 3:16).


once you accept Jesus as Your Savior and receive the righteousness He came to give, it’s time to go to work!

God expects us to stand in the gap for the lost and hurting.  He expects us to be Jesus to them.  He expects us to show them what the righteousness of Jesus Christ looks like.

Yes, it takes love, acceptance, and forgiveness.

Yes, you may get dirty, sweaty, and tired.


knowing that You were that “someone”  God was looking for to rebuild and stand in the gap,


knowing that you said “yes” to the job, makes it worth it all!


Heavenly Father,

Thank You for sending Your Son to build the wall of righteousness and stand in the gap for me.  Help me to pay that forward to someone today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!



© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 24:15-25:17; Jeremiah 34:1-22; Jeremiah 21:1-14; Ezekiel 29:1-16; Ezekiel 30:20-31:18

To Protect The Honor of My Name–Ezekiel 20:9,14, 22

Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 20:1-22:16

In the twenty-first century we don’t hear much about people protecting the honor of their name.  Many may question, “What does that statement mean?”

To me, honoring my name means being a person of my word.

In today’s reading, our Heavenly Father shows the great lengths He will go to protect the honor of His name. To get the full magnitude of what He’s saying you will want to read all of Ezekiel, chapter 20.  Basically the Lord is narrating His history with the Israelites to the prophet, Ezekiel.

“But they rebelled against me and would not listen. They did not get rid of the vile images they were obsessed with, or forsake the idols of Egypt. Then I threatened to pour out my fury on them to satisfy my anger while they were still in Egypt. I didn’t do it, for I acted to protect the honor of my name. I would not allow shame to be brought on my name among the surrounding nations who saw me reveal myself by bringing the Israelites out of Egypt.  –Ezekiel 20:8-9

“But the people of Israel rebelled against me, and they refused to obey my decrees there in the wilderness. They wouldn’t obey my regulations even though obedience would have given them life. They also violated my Sabbath days. So I threatened to pour out my fury on them, and I made plans to utterly consume them in the wilderness. again I held back in order to protect the honor of my name before the nations who had seen my power in bringing Israel out of Egypt.  –Ezekiel 20:13-14

“But their children, too, rebelled against me. They refused to keep my decrees and follow my regulations, even though obedience would have given them life. And they also violated my Sabbath days. So again I threatened to pour out my fury on them in the wilderness. I withdrew my judgment against them to protect the honor of my name before the nations that had seen my power in bringing them out of Egypt.              –Ezekiel 20:21-22

  • I didn’t do it
  • I held back
  • I withdrew my judgment

To protect the honor of My Name.

Friends, our Heavenly Father CANNOT go against His Word.  This is why the Bible is such a treasure. We, mortal, human beings have all the promises of the One, True, Living God at our fingertips.  If He said it, it will come to pass.

Let’s follow the example of our God and protect the honor of our name and the honor of His Name!

Heavenly Father, Your character and integrity are amazing!  Lord, help me to realize that when I take on Your Name I make a daily choice either to honor or dishonor You.  Lord, teach me how to honor Your Name.  Convict me when I miss the mark.  Encourage me when I get it right.  Holy Spirit, stand guard over my mouth.  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer (Psalm 19:14).

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!



© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 22:17-23:49; 2 Kings 24:20b-25:2; Jeremiah 52:3b-5; Jeremiah 39:1; Ezekiel 24:1-14

Sometimes We’re Not Supposed to Win—Ezekiel 17:14

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Ezekiel 17:1 through Ezekiel 19:14

Our Heavenly Father is the most amazing communicator.  In Ezekiel 17, He explains His anger through a riddle (Ezekiel 17:1-10) with three major players:

  • A first eagle, (Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon) large and powerful, took the top of a cedar tree and carried it to a faraway land.
  • A second eagle (Pharoah, the King of Egypt) then appeared, and the top of the cedar tree turned and grew toward a vine.
  • The top of the cedar tree (Zedekiah, King of Israel) was planted and its vines grew toward the first eagle, until the second eagle came, then its vines grew toward the second eagle.

God had placed Zedekiah on the throne through Jeremiah (Jer. 27) and told him not to break his covenant with Nebuchadnezzar.  This covenant was God’s plan for protection for Zedekiah and his people. But Zedekiah ignored that sound advice and broke the covenant by allying with Egypt (the second eagle) against Babylon.

This parable illustrates the point that the political arena is not outside the law of God. Zedekiah had sworn a treaty with Nebuchadnezzar in the name of God. Nebuchadnezzar may have been a cruel pagan king, but Zedekiah still had a moral obligation to honor his oath.  God considered Zedekiah’s breaking of the treaty treason against Himself (17:20) (The New Bible Commentary)

The details of today’s reading should give us comfort, confidence and assurance in God’s oversight and ultimate control in the unrest of our world.  God’s explanation of the riddle is a perfect example of how things that don’t look good to us are in perfect alignment with His will and His plan.

Then this message came to me from the Lord:  “Say to these rebels of Israel: Don’t you understand the meaning of this riddle of the eagles? The king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, took away her king and princes, and brought them to Babylon.  He made a treaty with a member of the royal family and forced him to take an oath of loyalty. He also exiled Israel’s most influential leaders, so Israel would not become strong again and revolt. Only by keeping her treaty with Babylon could Israel survive. Ezekiel 17:11-14 (emphasis mine)

During this season Israel’s weakness was their key to survival.

God has the influential leaders taken captive to Babylon so that they would not rise up against Babylon.

I wonder how many times I have worked against God’s plan and chose to quit or change course because I wasn’t as successful as I thought I should be.

I cannot imagine the Lord saying to me, “Dianne, I had this all worked out, nevertheless i.e. but, you worked against my plan to protect you. Since  you weren’t a woman of your word and didn’t stay where I called you to be, you will die!”

Heavenly Father, help us to seek Your will every day.  Help us to realize that your ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8).  Lord, direct our steps.  Help us to work with You, not against You.  Help us to be people of our word.

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!



© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 20:1 through Ezekiel 22:16

In My Proud Days—Ezekiel 16:56

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Ezekiel 14:1 through Ezekiel 16:63

“No man will ever treat me like that!”

“My wife will never act that way!”

“I will never do that awful thing!”

“My children will never act like that!”

“I will never take a job like that!”

“I will never gain that much weight!”

“I will never drive that kind of car!”

“I will never live in a house like that!”

“I will never be like “those” people!”

Have you ever made any of these statements?

In my proud days I would dream about and plan every detail of my perfect life.  It was like I was constantly doing research—“I like that, I don’t like that.  I want that, oh no… I don’t want that.  I’m certainly not going to be like that!”

Somehow I thought “I” could actually control all aspects of my life.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that life has definitely shown me just how insignificant my prideful plans are in the big scheme of things.  What I said I would never do, get, or have— I’ve done, got, and had…in spades!

Being chosen by God to be His chosen people, could definitely give a nation a big head.  I wonder if all of Abraham’s clan watched from a distance as God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and thought, “We’ll never be like “those” people!

In Ezekiel 16, the Lord is handing out the “worst of the worst” prizes and Israel beats both its sisters Sodom and Samaria, in the most and worst sins ever recorded:

Your older sister was Samaria, who lived with her daughters in the north. Your younger sister was Sodom, who lived with her daughters in the south.  But you have not merely sinned as they did. You quickly surpassed them in corruption. –Ezekiel 16:46-47

It seems that Israel thought they were immune to God’s judgment because they were His chosen people.  Isn’t it funny, we all want to be immune from God’s judgment but we pridefully judge others all the time?

Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. –Proverbs 16:18

The funny thing about the sin of pride, when God exposes it, there’s usually a very big splash:

In your proud days you held Sodom in contempt.  But now your greater wickedness has been exposed to all the world, and you are the one who is scorned—by Edom and all her neighbors and by Philistia.  This is your punishment for all your lewdness and detestable sins, says the Lord.  –Ezekiel 16:56-58

When our pride is exposed we have a choice—repent, change, and stop the sinful behavior or…

Go back to “Pride is not pleasing to God” school, one more time




“I’ll never do that”


“but the grace of God go I.”

Heavenly Father, help us to really understanding the destructive power of pride.  Holy Spirit, reveal the areas in our lives that are the most vulnerable to the sin of pride.  Forgive us, help us to learn from our mistakes, and pray for and give grace to others who are fellow students in “pride is not pleasing to God” school.

In  Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!



© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Ezekiel 17:1 through Ezekiel 19:14

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