From the Prophets: Tears of Hope
For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others.
- Ezekiel 16:1-6 describes the inhabitants of Jerusalem as people and families whom God brought from being ‘nobodies’ to people wearing his name. I understand that, because I have a past of my own. Before I decided to follow God, my life was a story of ______________.
- Reading verses 15-19 shows how the people began using all that God gave them. It angers me at first, but then I realize I do the same thing. God has given me ______________ , and I use it to ______________. Or the ______________ that he provided for me and now I misuse it by ______________ .
My words and actions:
My actions don’t get by God. Just as he’s seen what I need and provided it, so he notices how I use those gifts. I’ve thanked him for the good things, but as time passes, I’ve forgotten they were gifts. Hope comes through understanding God also notices I’m sorry.
Father, I am genuinely sorry. What you’ve made me for and given me are more than enough! Yet, I have misused much of that and been audacious enough to ask for more. Please forgive me. I have much hope that you can and now have. Please continue to open my eyes to what you are doing in this world and how you want to use me to spread your fame. Only because of Jesus can I ask, Amen.