November 14

Ezekiel 29:1-30:26; Hebrews 11:32-12:13; Psalm 112:1-10; Proverbs 27:17

What does it take for us to surrender to God and acknowledge that He is the Lord? Many of us have heard that saying, “You can learn the hard way or the easy way.” For some of us, it takes a strong wake up call to get our attention so that we will look away from ourselves to Him.

Egypt took great joy in battling against and defeating Israel. They remembered how the Israelites had broken free from slavery and now this was their chance for retribution. They never thought that anyone else would arise to defeat them.

God said that the Babylonians would pummel Egypt’s King and its land. But, it is not so that Babylon could gain political dominance but that Egypt would come to know that the God of Israel is The Lord!

When challenging times arise in our lives, could God be using them as a neon sign pointing us to Him? God is not the source of the calamity, but He will use whatever means necessary to draw us to Him. We do not have to learn the hard way. Listen for the gentle voice of God calling you to Him. Respond to His voice today, don’t wait for trouble to arise.

Tomorrow’s Reading:  Ezekiel 31:1-32:32; Hebrews 12:14-29; Psalm 113:1-114:8; Proverbs 27:18-20

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