Ezekiel 36:25-28 (NIV)
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. You will live in the land I gave your forefathers; you will be my people and I will be your God.
I make promises to myself all the time! “I will eat healthy today. I will spend more time with God. I will get these errands done today. I will make those phone calls. Oh yes, my favorite is: I will exercise today.” If someone had to rely on my promises, it would be disappointing to say the least.
The book of Ezekiel is all about God’s promises. God told the Israelites they would be captured by the Babylonians because God could not get their attention back on Him! God also tells them to relax, settle down, and let it be because they have a 70-year ‘timeout’ coming in Babylonia.
The scripture for today reveals God’s promises for the Israelites immediate future but also for the future of all people. God provides the way for all of us to be able to have a relationship with Him. God makes the promises and God has the plan. God provides the clean water, the new spirit, and His Spirit so we may be able to follow Him. God’s promises include letting us go our own way sometimes (like the Israelites) because of our determination and misunderstandings. Separation from God often helps us clarify our need for Him. God’s promises never fail and His plan always draws us to Him.
Whose promises are you relying on right now?
Prayer: Loving God, sometimes we do not even know we are wandering away from you. Sometimes we feel completely lost. Forgive us, oh God, for our selfish desires that pull us away from our relationship with you. Help us, gracious Lord, to decrease our wanderings and increase our understanding of your unfailing promises that will strengthen us on our journey of life. Amen.