Daily D – Ezekiel 17:24
Ezekiel 17:24 All the trees of the forest will know that I the Lord bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. “ ‘I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.’ ” (NIV)
God can do more with your worn-out, practically spent life than you can with fifty years of vigorous engagement. His declaration is far more powerful than your machination.
“Words create worlds,” Rabbi Joshua Abraham Heschel said. The fuller quote as recalled by his daughter says, “‘Words,’ he often wrote, ‘are themselves sacred, God’s tool for creating the universe, and our tools for bringing holiness — or evil — into the world.’”
We live in an increasingly dark and tasteless world. Dangerous ideas are platformed while millennia of truth are ignored and mocked. Is there any hope for this age? When big-shot Christian leaders fail and fall week by week, is there any possibility of revival or awakening?
Listen to what God says. “I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. ‘I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.’”
God brings renewal to individuals.
God brings revival to his church.
God brings awakening to people groups and nations.
Clever campaigns and winsome slogans are never enough to change hearts, minds, lives, and generations.
Trust God to do what only he can do. Yield your heart and mind and abilities to him. Invite him to use you as salt and light. Join God in his work of renovation and restoration.
I will yield my life to God’s use as salt and light.
Our Father, use me in whatever manner you see fit to be salt and light in this dark and tasteless world. Place your thoughts in my mind and your words in my mouth. Take these hands and use them to serve with grace and kindness. Lead me where you want me to go. Empower me to do what you want me to do. Amen.
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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”