Words from the Heart for Saturday September 7th, 2019
But I will spare a few of them from the sword, famine and plague, so that in the nations where they go they may acknowledge all their detestable practices. Then they will know that I am the Lord.
Ezekiel 12:16 (NIV)
Canadian Lieutenant Robert Shankland earned the Victoria Cross in Passchendaele, Belgium, on October 26, 1917 with the 43rd Infantry Battalion, fighting for the Bellevue Spur, one of the main lines of defence before Passchendaele. Having gained a position, he rallied the remnants of his own platoon and men from other companies, disposed them to command the ground in front, and proceeded to inflict heavy casualties upon the retreating enemy. Later, he dispersed a counter-attack, which enabled supporting troops to come up unmolested.
No matter how far the hearts of God’s people got from Him, no matter how often God had to do something drastic to get their attention, He always had a remnant of those whose hearts were in tune with His. This was the case in Ezekiel’s day. In Ezekiel 12, the prophet has the unenviable role of speaking a harsh word from God. The Lord called them a rebellious people with eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear. He tells Ezekiel that He is going to send them into exile to get their attention. As harsh as that seems, we read this in Ezekiel 12:16: “But I will spare a few of them from the sword, famine and plague, so that in the nations where they go they may acknowledge all their detestable practices. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” This verse grips my heart. In our day, in our nation, there are seemingly few who genuinely love the Lord. But God has a remnant, and I want to be included among them. I want to be salt and light in my generation, representing Jesus well in my daily activities. I pray that is your desire as well.
These have been words from the heart.