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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
I’d like to read what God said to Ezekiel in Ezekiel 33:31-32: “My people come…and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.” What a tragic picture of people going to the Temple, or in a contemporary setting, going to church, hoping to hear what they want to hear, and if they don’t, leaving, intent on doing their own thing.
In that setting those who are servants of God need to be reminded, as God was reminding Ezekiel, to be faithful in spite of the indifference or rebellion. Don’t let people’s attitudes dissuade you from being faithful to God. When terrible things happen to those people, what you’ve warned them about, the things you’ve said from God’s very heart to them, they will know that a prophet has been among them.
This chapter focuses on the negative attitude and actions of those who go to God’s House to listen. How can you apply what is said in these verses to your life? Ask yourself: Why do I go to church? Am I really wanting to hear from God? Am I determined to respond positively to what God says to me through His servant? I trust your answers to these questions are positive. If not, why go to church at all?