Today you should read: Ezekiel 38
In today’s passage we see God’s sovereignty, as well as, God’s desire to demonstrate His glory and holiness. The prophesy of this future enemy and their fate is a call back to the history of God’s protection of His people. There are three events that come to mind that give us insight into how these future events will play out according to Ezekiel 38.
The first event is the Exodus of Israel from Egypt (Exodus 1-15). God comes to Moses in the burning bush and tells him to go and tell Pharaoh to let His people go. Of course Pharaoh did not respond in submission but God broke him through His power using plagues and death on the Egyptian people. God used miraculous signs and means to free his people including parting the Red Sea in order for His people to cross into freedom while crushing the Egyptian army. God displayed his sovereignty, wrath and mercy through it all.
The second event is Joshua (Joshua 1) taking Israel into the Promised Land that would later be known as the country of Israel. It was inhabited by great nations of giants. God displayed his power and protection of his people by going before them and bringing defeat to the nations that inhabited the land. God made this band of shepherds into a great warrior nation that demonstrated God’s glory to all the peoples of the world.
The third event that comes to mind is Gideon and his army of 300 that defeated the Midianites who were oppressing Israel (Judges 6-8). Gideon was an unlikely hero and had small faith. Yet, God decided to make the odds even more impossible to the human eye by wilding down Gideon’s army from 22,000 to 300. God went before Gideon and turned the Midianites against one another allowing the 300 to victorious against the Midianite army.
The lesson that I think we can gather from our passage today and the passages that I have referenced is that God fights for his people and He gets the glory. God’s faithfulness to his people through His miraculous signs galvanizes his people and grows their faith while humbling the enemy. Only God is in control and only God decides who wins and who loses. The essence of God’s sovereignty is summed up in four words, “God is in control.” God’s control is what gives us as his children peace and joy in the midst of trial. If God is in control then we are ultimately going to be ok because fear of death is defeated and the final chapter of our lives has already been written. We will go to be with Him in heaven. However, in order for God’s sovereignty to mean something to you then you must have an eternal perspective. If your anticipation and belief in heaven is small then it will not be hope to you but a cause of anxiety.
So is your hope in heaven or is it in the here and now?
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19-20)
Posted by: Chad Wiles