Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.” vs. 5

Ezekiel 2:1-5

Ezekiel had been deported to Babylon along with thousands of other residents of Jerusalem and Judea. Sometime later, probably as a young man, he was grasped by the Spirit and told that he had been chosen to bring the Word of the Lord to the people living in exile. He was told that some would listen and some would not, but at least they would know that there had been a prophet among them. There has always been a need for prophets among God’s people and our age is no exception. The problem has been one of discernment. Which are the true prophets and which are the charlatans? Some of those claiming to be prophets are using their platforms to terrify and frighten their audiences by saying demonic forces are on the attack. True prophets will begin with a call to repentance and reformation, and then point the way to hope and salvation. Their focus will not be the latest terrifying tropes they’ve gleaned from social media, but on the good news of forgiveness and love that is ours in Christ Jesus. It’s as we give ourselves in sacrificial love to others that we hear God’s sanctifying word of grace, and that’s the message that a true prophet will consistently bring.

Thought for the Day: Why is attacking others so much easier than self-examination?

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