“Egypt will no longer be a source of confidence for the people of Israel but will be a reminder of their sin in turning to her for help. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.” (Ezekiel 29:16, NIV)
These four chapters are filled with words of judgment against the enemies of Israel. Passage after passage unveils God’s wrath upon the kings who fought against Israel. But instead of anger, a picture of God’s sovereignty shone through. He was reminding them that HE IS GOD. Then right amongst the prophesies He stated it loud and clear in the verse listed above. I love the analogy. Egypt was a “source of confidence” but has now become “a reminder of their sin.” Why? So that they “will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.” Isn’t that what we experience repeatedly in our lives?
What is my “Egypt”…my source of confidence? Materialism? Relationships? Self? I tend to find my confidence in anything BUT God! And what does it end up becoming instead? “A reminder of my sin”!! I depend on wealth, others and myself to sustain me but all of that only ends in self-centeredness. So what happens if God chooses to strip those away? I am left with a Sovereign LORD. Complete. Provider. Loving. Sustainer. Trustworthy. I need no other source.
Sovereign God, I habitually look to everything but You for my every need. You are ALL I need yet I forget that so easily. I want to live this day hearing from Your Spirit at every turn. I want to depend on You like I need air and water. My desire for this day is to make YOU my source of confidence. Amen.