Times of Struggle

9/3/2005 6:07 AM

S: “because they had not executed My judgments, but had despised My
statutes, profaned My Sabbaths, and their eyes were fixed on their fathers’
idols.” Ezekiel 20:24

O: Israel was hauled into captivity for 4 reasons:
1. They didn’t execute God’s judgments
2. They despised His statutes (rules)
3. They profaned the Sabbaths
4. They worshipped idols

The question I have – is this a combination that ALWAYS goes together? Is
it a combination that once all 4 elements are in place, God metes out His

A: I think this also describes modern day society and probably modern
1. We don’t deal with sin the way God has asked us to
2. We don’t follow all His rules anymore
3. Most don’t keep any form of a Sabbath and some simply go to church
on Sabbath
4. We worship movies, sports, food, beauty, etc.

Therefore, in my opinion, we have all the elements of beginning to receive
God’s judgment. God waited a long time before doing that with Israel. When
that comes, I don’t know. I suspect it will come at the 2nd Coming of
Christ. I don’t know that I believe the tsunamis, hurricanes, etc. are
about His judgments, but I suspect that they will get increasingly worse as
time goes on.

I could easily see things building to a head and people saying – we have to
get back to God, but they only take it to the next level in the four things
listed above.

P: Lord, I pray you will prepare my heart to listen to you. I pray you will
prepare my mind to listen to you. I pray you will prepare my heart to
follow you. I ask you into my heart. I ask you to fill me wit the Holy
Spirit. I pray you, Lord, will guide me and make me like you. I put my
life in your hands today. Please make me like you, Lord. Please fill me
with the Holy Spirit. I love you. I want to serve you.