Today you should read: Ezekiel 29
“Then they will know that I am the Lord,” (v. 9). This prophecy comes as a message for Pharaoh, the arrogant ruler of Egypt. God speaks through his prophet in response to Pharaoh’s insolence and disregard for the true God. Early in the chapter, we see that Pharaoh sits in comfort, looking over his land seeing himself as complete, a ruler who has everything he needs. He is even so arrogant to think that everything he has is because of his own doing. He finds his satisfaction in the silly idols around him, thinking that he has accomplished much and can see no need for God. God compares Pharaoh to a “dragon that lies in the midst of his streams, that says, ‘My Nile is my own; I made it for myself,’” (v. 3). What foolish conceit. We know that God opposes that kind of pride, (Prov. 3:34, Ezek. 29:3-4, James 4:6). This surely won’t end well for Pharaoh.
The cool thing about God is that he is so powerful, that even our own foolishness is of use to him. He can use our greatest misjudgments to sanctify us and teach us. God’s response for Pharaoh is to humble him. A man who is so self-satisfied as to think that he created the Nile definitely needs to be brought low, just a little. But truly, we can find many similarities between this Pharaoh and ourselves. God warns that the next period of time for Pharaoh and Egypt will be one of great suffering and loss. All the security they have built up and the wealth they have stored up will be laid waste. Much of this is to simply show that God alone is sovereign. There is no one who can thwart his plans or be seen as powerful by comparison, “then they will know that I am the Lord,” (v. 9). But what’s cool is that God has the good of his people in mind too. He speaks next of a time later on when Egypt’s fortunes could be restored to them. They will be brought back from their destruction. Only this time it will be a humble restoration. They will never again see themselves as a people without need of God. They will understand their right position.
Isn’t it cool of God to design the world in such a way that even our sins and idols teach us that He alone satisfies? It is so loving of God to allow us to be let down by false gods and temporary pleasures, with a greater purpose all the while. Each disappointment or humbling fall is a purposeful part of God’s design to show us that HE IS IT. He is what we are searching for. Nothing else can satisfy us ultimately. When we seek to serve our idols, when we find our pleasure and treasure in things of the world, we find our own destruction. When we seek to exalt the true God and see Him as worthy, we find our satisfaction and fulfillment.
Posted by: Taylor Gilliam, ministry intern- west campus