Ezekiel 36:22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD; It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came.”
There seems to be no end to the things Israel had done to show disrespect to the God that freed them from slavery, from the dragon of Egypt. God scattered them among the nations for the things they did and even then they managed to profane His name. God has a plan to rescue them and bring them back under a new covenant, give them a new heart and a new spirit but He wants them and us to know that it wasn’t because of their behavior. No, God will bring a new heart of flesh rather than stone and a new spirit within them and a new covenant with wonderful blessings because of His name.
On and on Ezekiel proclaims the changes that God will make in His relationship with His people once they have a new heart and a new spirit. The nations around them will know that He is God. It must be our responsibility to let the nations around us know by our lives that God is LORD. How are Christians doing that these days? What things do you see around the world that show that God is LORD? Perhaps we focus on the profane things to the point that we fail to see God’s people proclaiming His and LORD and Creator.
Task for Today: All the good things coming your way as a Christian are not because of your behavior. Think about that today. “Not for good that I have done,” we sing and we sing correctly. Think about this verse and apply it for yourself: “It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord GOD; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel.” You live in/by grace and today acknowledge that.