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God Is For Us

Weekly Devotionals

God Is For Us

For behold, I am for you…Ezekiel 36:9

The early verses of the chapter makes clear that Israel was not in a good place. Ezekiel’s prophecy begins by bringing accusations against the enemies of Israel. Israel’s land had been taken and plundered, and they were now an object of scorn and ridicule. This passage then takes a turn at verse 8. God then states., “For behold, I am for you…” and there is a promise of a complete restoration of all the things that had been taken from them. This prophecy to the Israelites is one of vindication before those who tormented and despised Israel. The Israelites walked in sin and rebellion against God, yet God choose to preserve them. I am reminded again that God did not choose based on merit and strength, but by His good pleasure and purpose.

This is the message of the cross. Jesus came to die and save the lost so that all that was broken could be restored. We have been chosen not because of anything in us, but because of His grace and mercy. God is for us and not against us. This is not a statement promising health, wealth and prosperity. If we continue reading chapter 36, we learn that this statement in and of itself is not about us at all. In all things God is primarily motivated by the honour of His name. He is Loving, Merciful, Faithful, Provider, Healer, Shepherd, the list goes on and on. He will not act against who He is. Everything God has set into motion, everything He has done is to bring Him glory. He acts on our behalf for His glory.

In the midst of their plight, God spoke over the Israelites a promise for a hope and a future. Likewise, even in our darkest times God speaks the same promises over our lives. Because He has spoken them, we can be assured that He will bring them all to completion. God will always stay true to who He for the sake of His own name. Whatever you may be going through, whatever struggle, burden, or pain I hope that this is an encouragement to hope in what lies ahead:

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (ESV)