Everyone needs hope.
Yesterday, my post was on judgment. The people of Israel were told they would be held accountable for their sins. They had disobeyed God and they would be punished.
But then, God instructs Ezekiel to assure Israel that even though they are about to be punished, there was hope. God says to them, “Therefore, tell the exiles, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Although I have scattered you in the countries of the world, I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile.” Notice God says, “I will be a sanctuary to your during your time in exile.” A “sanctuary” was a place of protection and rest. Then, the Lord adds, ” I will gather you back from exile and I will give you the land of Israel again. So, the Lord is assuring the people there is hope.
Maybe you have messed up. You made a mistake and you are wondering if there is any hope? I promise you, based on scripture, that there is. That doesn’t mean you won’t be held accountable for your sins but, there is hope. Jesus loves us… All of us…
I encourage you to share this hope with others. Far too often, Christians will not forget the mistake someone made and they will not give them hope. Is there someone you need to forgive? Is there someone you need to believe that God CAN use again?
Maybe a church needs to do this. Maybe a church is looking at someone as a staff member or maybe as a volunteer and that person has some baggage. Ok, who doesn’t have baggage? No one is perfect. You think the apostle Peter didn’t have baggage? You think Paul didn’t have baggage? Sure they did! But God used them!
There is hope for you. Your sins can be forgiven. Jesus can give us a new life.
In the next few verses in this chapter, the Lord says to the people, “I will give them singleness of heart and a put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart..”
Think about that… God is telling the people He will give them hope. “I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender… heart.”
That’s what God wants to do with us… He wants to take away our stubborn heart and give us a tender heart.
So, yes! There is hope! Let God give you a new heart today!