Judgment and Restoration
I will admit that the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament might be my least favorite book to read in the Bible. I find it difficult to follow sometimes and though I’m sure it’s my fault, I just don’t seem to get much out of it very often. So, while I’m reading through Ezekiel now, I’m not quite sure what to write about each day. One of the chapters I read today was chapter 16 which is a long chapter but which magnificently describes God’s relationship with Israel. God “found” Israel as a baby no one wanted. God brought her up and provided for her and yet she turned away from God. In a common metaphor used in the Old Testament, Israel acted like a prostitute, reaching out to other lovers time and time again. God then gave Israel over to judgment but in the end of the chapter we read these words from God: 60 “Nevertheless I will remember My covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you.” God’s heart is always bent toward restoration. When we respond to Him He restores us. If you have been wandering away, turn your eyes upon Jesus and He will welcome you back with very open arms.