Devotional for Saturday and Sunday October 21-22

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “A prosperous life”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “The glory of the Lord went up from within the city and stopped above the mountain east of it.” Ezekiel 11:23 (NIV)

 

Our thought for today: “Has the glory of the Lord departed from your life?”

 

In chapters 10-11 of the Old Testament book of Ezekiel the prophet records for us one of the saddest events in the history of the Jews. It’s the record of how the glory of God progressively departed from the people and from the nation, and they didn’t even realize it.

 

In 10:3-4 we read of the glory of the Lord moving from the altar within the temple to the threshold of the temple and then hovering there. Then in 10:18-19 the glory of the Lord moves further away, this time from the threshold of the temple to above the temple. Then in 11:23 we find that the glory of the Lord moved away from the temple altogether, left the city of Jerusalem, and hovered briefly over the mountains east of the city before departing entirely.

 

Now please don’t miss the point that in these chapters there is no indication that the people were aware this was happening, or that the glory of the Lord eventually departed from them altogether. In fact, just the opposite was true. In chapter 13 Ezekiel tells us of false prophets who were circulating among the people professing to have had visions from God and who claimed to be bringing the people encouraging words from God. And the people believed them.

 

How could the people of God have become so spiritually dull that the glory of God could depart from them and they didn’t even miss it? The entire book of Ezekiel answers that question. The people made a shallow show of worshiping God but their hearts were actually devoted to virtually everything but God. Their hearts were captivated by money and possessions and comfort and pleasure. They had filled their lives with things and activities that had become more important to them than a deep and genuine relationship with God. Their religion had become little more than a show.

 

What happened to the ancient Israelites in the time of Ezekiel also happens to modern Christians in our day. The glory of God departs from their individual lives, from their homes, from their churches, from their cities, and from their nation, and they don’t even miss it. They have become so spiritually dull and so superficial in the practice of their faith that they were unfamiliar with the glory of God to begin with. Therefore once it is withdrawn from them they don’t even realize it’s gone. Like the people of Ezekiel’s day they just continue on with their showy but fake religious games, assuming everything is fine. But it isn’t.

 

A life that is spiritually prosperous is a life that is so used to experiencing the glory of God that any diminishing of His glory in your life would be noticed immediately, and would be a cause of alarm and concern.

 

Has the glory of God departed from your life? Would you know it if it did?

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

 

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