9/3/17 – Think Before You Speak – Pr. Jerri Dizol
But they rebelled against me and would not listen. They did not get rid of the vile images they were obsessed with, or forsake the idols of Egypt. Then I threatened to pour out my fury on them to satisfy my anger while they were still in Egypt.But I didn’t do it, for I acted to protect the honor of my name. I would not allow shame to brought on my name among the surrounding nations who saw me reveal myself by bringing the Israelites out of Egypt. – Ezekiel 20:8-9
The leaders in Israel continuously rejected the Lord’s commandments and denied him of the honor he deserved. They chose to test his anger with each denial. And yet, brave enough to go and ask for a word from him. I wonder if they knew what kind of answer they would get?
The part of these scriptures that blows me away the most is when God, in spite of his anger and disappointment, chooses to not act out on his emotion of being angry, but to remember who He truly is. And this was not so much for the disobedient Israelites, but for the people who saw how He revealed His grace and mercy to them once before.
God gives us a valuable lesson here. When we face our own disappointments, we must be mindful of how we react to them. We can no longer base our decisions on our emotions, but with the knowledge of who we are in Christ. We are no longer of the old, but of the new life in Christ. We must always honor that when we are dealing with daily life. It’s a part of the surrendering we did when we first committed ourselves to the Lord. It is the original design He had for us.
I didn’t always handle my disappointments well, especially with my children. And I acted out on my emotions every single time. I am not proud of some of those times and, my children will sometimes remind me of my actions. Although I am much better at it today, I am continuously thankful to the Lord for saving me and reminding me that He is greater than I am.
Father, thank you for the reminder of how your great love is for me. Forgive me for the times that I disappoint you. I pray that I will always remember the example you give when I face my trials. Thank you for your grace and mercy. In Jesus Name, Amen