It’s Time to Pray

Ezekiel 1:1 In the thirtieth year, in the 4th month, on the fifth day of the month, while I was among the exiles by the Chebar Canal, the heavens opened and I saw visions of God.

God gave Ezekiel amazing visions and a difficult ministry. God sent him to the people of Israel who were exiled in Babylon. They were a rebellious and stiff necked people and so God told him not to pull back from your mission and don’t be afraid of them. In the first 24 chapters Ezekiel talks about the coming judgment on Jerusalem.

The problem was that the exiles believed that their time in Babylon would be short in duration, just a blip on the screen. They thought they would be on their way home any day. They believed they would be headed back to Jerusalem because they were God’s chosen people and surely He would not allow these wicked Babylonians to rule over them.

If you or I were to look at Babylonian society back then we might agree that the Babylonians were much more wicked. But in scripture we are told that ‘to those who are given much, much is required’. God grades on a curve. He rates sin based on revealed truth.

From a human stand point we would say Babylon’s sins were greater than Israel’s but from God’s view point Israel’s sins were greater because their sin was committed in light of greater truth.

In America and Europe today I believe God sees our sins as greater than those of more atheistic countries like Russia and China because we have been given greater light. And with the truth we have been given look at the direction we are headed. Take time this week to pray for our nation and its leaders.


David Ball

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