In this chapter of Ezekiel, we read about how God was using the most fierce and ruthless army of that time to bring down Egypt. No this is not your feel-good story about how a people were saved because they turned to God. Instead, it is a prophesy about a historical event where Egypt is about to be totally destroyed by the army of Babylon. So why is this verse so interesting to me?
Scripture: “I have given him Egypt as a reward for his efforts because he and his army did it for me, declares the Sovereign Lord.” – Ezekiel 29:20
For reference, the verse was talking about how God was going to give Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. So why is God doing this? It’s not like the Babylonians are loving, Christ-like people. Not sure that I can answer the why at this time, but the verse is clear that the army is doing it for God. Whether they know it or not, they are working for God. So if that fierce and wicked army is being used by God, then I am pretty sure that God will use you and me.
I’m convinced that God uses everyone, even the “bad guys” sometimes. At the time it is hard to believe, because the bad guys appear to be winning. This doesn’t really make any sense to us. We go to church, or at least we are attempting to seek God. So why does bad stuff keep happening? How can God allow this to happen?” Sometimes life seems so unfair, and maybe even more than we can bear?
Always remember that God promises that he will be there with us when we need Him most. Remember God’s promise that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. – (Philippians 4:13). And last but not least remember that the Word and the Holy Spirit are here to guide us and help us when we are weak, and when we are strong. The fact remains that God still has a unique plan and purpose for each and every one of us. We are uniquely made with our own special talents and gifts, many of which we may not even know yet. But God can reveal these gifts and our special purpose if we seek Him earnestly.
Remember, God can and will use whoever, and whatever He wants to. We just need to be willing. Luke 19:40 says, “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” So even if we are stubborn and hard like stone, God can still use us. God can always make a way for us. All we need is a little faith.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your amazing Word today. We pray that You will use me for your pure and perfect Will. We ask that you soften our hearts, and sharpen our minds. Make known to us the gifts and talents that you have given us. Open us up for the amazing future that you have planned for us, even if it is hard for us to see it right now. Help us to be courageous and strong when everything around us seems to be crumbling. Help us to know that if we remain in you, that you will always see us through the storm and all of life’s challenges. Fill us with your goodness Lord, so that the enemy moves on and leaves us alone. Let your light shine so bright in us that it eradicates the darkness that surrounds us. Let your Holy Spirit overflow in us. Fill us with such faith that we can walk on the water with you. We give you all the honor and glory in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
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