March 11 – Devotion

Date: March 11

Scripture: Ezekiel 28

All who know you among the peoples
    are appalled at you;
you have come to a dreadful end
    and shall be no more forever. (Ezek. 28:19)

Ezekiel 28 is a harsh passage, but valuable and instructive for all of us. The passage begins by describing the heart arrogance and rich physical magnificence of the King of Tyre. Careful details convey how rich and powerful he was, with amassed silver and gold in treasuries. His skills in trading made his coastal kingdom famous for trading in rich goods with the nations. Ezekiel was used by God to deliver a message to the King of Tyre (and his city) about how his world would change. He would be brought down “to the pit” (v. 8) and would “die a violent death” (v. 8).

The horror of his predicted death contrasts most shockingly with his former glory. “You were the signet of perfection,/full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” (v. 12,ESV). He was adorned with jewels (v. 13, ESV), and, even more: “You were blameless in your ways/from the day you were created/till unrighteousness was found in you” (v. 15, ESV). Like Adam in Eden, the King of Tyre had everything. He was once a holy figure who lost favor in God’s eyes.

Because of the king’s unrighteousness, God was about to take his whole kingdom and riches away by an invasion of a foreign force. The King had started to believe and lead his people to believe that he was a god. He began to believe he was in control over everything and that he brought riches and prosperity to his kingdom.

At points in our lives, everything can seem to be going extremely well. Perhaps your job is good, and your family and relationships with friends are going stronger than ever. Your health is good, and it seems like you don’t have a worry in the world. You feel you can sit back and just look at what it seems that you yourself have done. I’m guilty of it, of believing that I had control over what was going on in my life and believing I was the one that brought all this greatness into my life. Then just as he prophesied to the King of Tyre, God sent something into my life that humbled me and made me look to him. As Christians we recognize that God is behind anything good we do. God is in control of everything. Even those small things we think are up to us to take care of, God gives us the power to do. Our lesson is to look to the Lord in thankfulness, then, in the good times and bad.

“Happy moments, PRAISE GOD. Difficult moments, SEEK GOD. Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. Painful moments, TRUST GOD. Every moment, THANK GOD.” ― Rick Warren

Prepared by: Nathan Walker


3 Responses to “March 11 – Devotion”

  1. Bob Mohr says:

    Everyone needs to read this!! The people of this world have nothing without Jesus. We need to be thankful for everything in our lives. It is the little things that make the big things happen.

    Thank you Nathan.

  2. Gloria laird says:

    Amen

  3. Debbie Keen says:

    Profound truth in this wonderful devotion

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