The school bell has rung, class is now in session.
Take a good look at the image below.
This is an image of a Tool God used to bring the Israelites into judgement, then obedience. The back story to this picture is that the Israelites were once again living against God’s will and ordinances, and He was getting tired of it. He revealed to the Prophet Ezekiel in Chapter 21, a map of what would happen to them because of their disobedience.
He used the pagan king, named Nebuchadnezzar as His Tool of Judgement. The irony was that even though the king was making his own decisions, God was in control the entire time, and the vision He gave the Prophet Ezekiel ended up coming to past.
God is always using people, and circumstances to get our attention. The most important source He uses is His Word. For the sake of this post, let me focus on the main point. God will even use unlikely people and circumstances as His Tool to bring us in line with His Will for our lives.
God continued to warn His people that if they did not let go of their idols, and turn away from their waywardness, He will bring judgement and correction on them. The last straw, was when the king of His people sought an alliance with an enemy of the Lord (bad move). I spoke about this in a previous post:
He continued to warn and they continued to do their own thing. So He used a pagan king to bring about His divine judgement.
God works the same way today. When we are not walking according to His Word and continue to have little idols in our lives, He cares enough to convict us. Sometimes a gentle rebuke may come from reading a passage of scripture, from a family member, friend or stranger. Either way, what we do not want to do is ignore it.
Ignoring it could send us into the next phase, which could end up being an unlikely Tool of Chastisement. Can you imagine the surprise of the Children of Israel, when they found out they were being brought into captivity by King Nebuchadnezzar, and that this judgement was sanction by God Himself? They felt afraid and appalled, because they did not believe God would ever make good on His promise to judge them.
In the midst of their captivity, He still cared for them. That is the same way it is with us. Some of us may be in the predicament right now, where we ignored the convictions of wrongdoing in our hearts, and turned our ears away from God. We may feel like we are in captivity of the mind, heart and soul.
It may even feel like God has
betrayed us, but I can assure you, this is not the case. It is all a part of His Providence. Even when we fall into disobedience and sin, He is there to correct us, and put us in uncomfortable circumstances, in order to redirect our steps.
Be honest, some of us would have never changed our ways if we had not hit rock bottom.
It is all a process, God’s Process. I encourage you to study this passage in the commentary as I did. https://www.christianity.com/bible/commentary.php?com=mh&b=26&c=21
It is quite fascinating how King Nebuchadnezzar actually performed witchcraft in order to seek direction on whether to go towards the Israelites to defeat them, or towards the Ammonites.
After his ritual, he felt led to go to Israel, not realizing he would be accomplishing God’s eternal plan. This blew my mind.
Be encouraged my friends, if you call yourself a Disciple of Christ and are in disobedience to His Word, He is warning you to repent and turn away from what you are doing, who you are entertaining etc…
Anything contrary to His Word is off-limits. If you continue to do what you want to do, judgement is inevitable, but is not the end all be all, as long as you have breath in your body. If you are still living, He will correct you, in order to get you in line. If you end up losing your soul while being in sin, well, Fellow Believers you know the story.
What Unlikely Tool is God using to get your attention? Have you been listening?
The school bell has rung, class dismissed.