Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Merciful Confrontation

“Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed? Then confront her with all her detestable practices”
Ezekiel 22:2 NIV


The Lord is angry with his people. Israel is unfaithful and practicing "detestable" things. He lists these things throughout the entire chapter.

What gets my attention today, though, is that God confronts his people. He confronts them through his faithful prophet Ezekiel. He is direct. He is colorful and dramatic. Why does this stand out to me?

Because it's a picture of God's mercy. 

Not what you might first think.

Why is it merciful? Because if they don't realize that God's displeased and about to punish them, they might not repent turning back to him. They might just blindly live until his just wrath comes. Not what he wants. Not what we would want either.

So it's mercy. God confronting his people.

What is God confronting you about? Anything?

See it for what it is. Mercy. Then respond in humility and obedience rooted in faith in a trustworthy God. 

Because he is.

What is God saying to you right now?

What are you going to do about it?