Scripture: Ezekiel 17:1-5
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, propound a riddle and speak a parable to the house of Israel, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “A great eagle with great wings, long pinions and a full plumage of many colors came to Lebanon and took away the top of the cedar. He plucked off the topmost of its young twigs and brought it to a land of merchants; he set it in a city of traders. He also took some of the seed of the land and planted it in fertile soil. He placed it beside abundant waters; he set it like a willow.
Insights: This passage this week is a parable. In today’s verses we see the eagle, which is Babylon, come and take a sprig and plant it beside waters. The sprig is king Zedekiah of Judah. Now the point I made in regards to this parable was that God’s ways are higher than our ways. Judah thought they were at the top of their economic and social game when Babylon had invaded them. They could not understand why the Lord had allowed this to happen. Another prophet says of God’s word that God was going to do something in their day that if He had told them, they would not have believed. That thing God did was to allow an evil and wicked kingdom, like the Babylonians, to take Judah into captivity. None of this made sense to them. Beloved, there are times in which we go through things that we don’t understand why God has allowed it to occur. In those moments, we must come to accept the reality that God knows exactly what He is doing and He knows what is truly best for us to be shaped and molded into the image of Christ Jesus. Trust the Lord and His plan.
1. Are you currently facing a trail or difficulty that does not make sense to you?
2. Have you begun to question whether God’s ways are right?
Prayer: Father, I know Your ways are always right and just, but sometimes I doubt and struggle in this world. Lord, help turn my heart to You and to trust in Your amazing grace. Amen.