WEEK 5, DAY 2: God Wants You to Live
Ezekiel 33:11 reads, As surely as I live, says the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of wicked people. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live.
This is one of many passages throughout the Scriptures that speaks into God’s desire for His people. In the Old Testament, Ezekiel was a prophet who did his best to communicate God’s words to His people. For much of the book, the people of God did not want to face their sins and accept that they held any responsibility for their circumstances. When they did come to accept responsibility, they experienced tremendous guilt and shame for previously rebelling against God. So on the one hand, they didn’t want to accept what they had done, and on the other hand, they finally accepted it but then couldn’t see how God could forgive them for it.
Ezekiel patiently reminded them that God takes no pleasure in the death of wicked people, but instead wants people to truly live the life God has for them.
This lesson is equally important today. You may think God is unable to forgive you for something you’ve done. But He already has, and what He most desires is for you to truly live.
READING & JOURNALING:
2 TIMOTHY 4:1-5, EZEKIEL 33:11
In what ways does your view of God impact the way you see yourself, and see others?
Do you currently struggle to believe that God will (or already has) forgiven you for any sins you’ve committed against God or others? If so, why do you think that is?
Heavenly Father, while I do desire to grow in my knowledge of who You are, I also desire to live the life You have called me to live. I recognize this means living life to the full, and not being overwhelmed by my past. While my past sins cannot be denied, they are not a reflection of how You see me, and I’m eternally grateful for that! I praise you today. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: 1 Kings 18-19
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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