Sunday, 8 June 2014

Ungrateful Souls

TEXT: EZEKIEL 16:15-34
KEY VERSE: “But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was” (Ezekiel 16:15).
At the manipulation of a hand-held device, one can access any part of the globe and transact multinational businesses to usher in instant wealth. Man believes he can influence the present and the future with the arsenal of inventions at his disposal. Modern advancement has made man proud and disdainful of God and His word.
The Israelites were beloved of God. After the people settled down to a life of prosperity and progress, they forsook God and plunged headlong into idolatry. God blessed them with gold and silver, but they used these jewels to mould images to worship for themselves. He provided them with fine garments, but they used same to deck their idols. The incense and oil He gave them to use in offering sacrifices to Him were used to worship their idols. Worse still, they offered their children as sacrifices to their gods. Thus, they forgot all His goodness, favour and mercies. Their actions were so disgusting that even other notorious idol worshippers, like the Philistines, would be ashamed by the extent to which the Jews excelled in evil practices. By their actions, they came under divine judgment. To them, God said: “I have stretched out my hand over thee, and have diminished thine ordinary food, and delivered thee unto the will of them that hate thee”.
We must beware that we do not slide into infidelity in our relationship with the Lord. God hates unfaithfulness. He is a jealous God and would never condone a rival in the lives of His children. Those who think that after years of walking with God, they have become wiser and more mature, and can turn away from the old and narrow way, court disaster. God will abandon them to the will of their enemies. They also need to repent so as not to spend eternity in hell.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Do not bite the finger that fed you.

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