Thursday, 21 March 2019

Nothing without cause - Ezekiel 14

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Today's scripture passage is another 'heavy' one, so I warn you to have a cup of good coffee before you start reading. If you aren't awake after the coffee, then you will certainly be FULLY awake when you have read Ezekiel's prophecy. I encourage you to read through the chapter when you have time, but the part I was interested in today comes at the end of the chapter. It reads as follows:
22 Yet there will be some survivors—sons and daughters who will be brought out of it. They will come to you, and when you see their conduct and their actions, you will be consoled regarding the disaster I have brought on Jerusalem—every disaster I have brought on it. 23 You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

I found it interesting that in two places, Ezekiel mentions that we will be consoled by what we see. I guess it is not because we will take delight in what we see, but rather we will understand why it happened. It will seem justifiable and therefore, I guess we will be okay with the course of action God needed to take. Some consolation in the midst of the pain?!

The other phrase that strikes me is found in v.23 - "you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause" - we need to remember that there is always a 'cause' or 'purpose' behind God's actions. God doesn't do anything for the sake of getting attention or just to be otherwise - there is always a cause.

Voltaire - "nothing can exist without a cause." 

Reflection: Everything God does, or allows to happen, is with a definite cause - even the Cross! 

Living in Grace

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