Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Reading for Thursday, August 29, 2013
Today's devotional reading was shared by Amit Kaushal, one of the older boys at the Firs.
Ezekiel 4-7; Revelation 3
“17 All their hands will become weak, and all their knees will turn to water. 18 They will put on sackcloth, and horror will overwhelm them. Shame will cover all their faces, and all their heads will be bald. 19 They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will seem like something filthy. Their silver and gold will be unable to save them in the day of the Lord’s wrath. They will not satisfy their appetites or fill their stomachs, for these were the stumbling blocks that brought about their iniquity.” --Ezekiel 7:17-19
“19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” --Revelation 3:19-20
Our God is a jealous God, and His righteous anger will fall on His people if they become hard-hearted and do not listen to Him. But God also disciplines those whom He loves. He loves me and longs to have a deep relationship with me.
I know my God is a jealous God, and no one can stand against His righteous anger. I am rightfully fearful thinking about His anger and His jealously. I never want to be rebellious like the Israelites, nor go against His will, but rather I seek to do His will in every single detail of my life. Yet as I walk with him, I grow in awareness of my own shortcomings. His presence in my life does not leave me unchanged but transforms me according to His image.
Lord, there is nothing better than Your presence and nothing worse than Your absence. Oh, Immanuel, please help me to walk with you throughout this day and all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.