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In Ezekiel 6, God displays an attribute that isn’t very popular to talk about today: his wrath against sin. He warns Ezekiel know that judgement is coming for Israel because of their sin of idolatry. The language is in “war mode”: He is talking about dead bodies piling up around the idols they used to worship- and the idols are smashed. And then he says,
“Yet I will leave some of you alive. …then those of you who escape will remember me among the nations where they are carried captive, how I have been broken over their whoring heart that has departed from me and over their eyes that go whoring after their idols.“ Ezekiel 6:8-9a
God is very poetic, He uses the same Hebrew word translated “broken” when referring to himself that He used earlier of the idols, he explains his wrath by essentially asking, “how would you feel with a repetitively unfaithful spouse?”. If a man and wife stand before witnesses and enter into a permanent covenant to never leave each other, then on the honeymoon, the wife finds fulfillment and pleasure in another man. What is the husband’s reaction? Anger rooted in love. The husband is broken.

This is the same with God. Without compromising this wrath side that we see in Ezekiel, he reveals that infused INTO his wrath is love. God is broken. It is good for our souls to regularly come face to face with all of God’s attributes, including wrath. This should lead to celebration, knowing that this good and right wrath has been satisfied completely for us who trust in Christ’s atoning death.
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Convenience or Christ

Convenience is the state of being able to proceed with something with very little effort or difficulty. In short, conveniences exist to serve us; They cater to our world. When something is inconvenient, we often get irritated or angry.
Consider Christmas with me: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His Name, Immanuel (which means, God with us).” – Matthew 1:23. What about the virgin birth was convenient? What was convenient about Joseph following through with the marriage to Mary? What was convenient about traveling to Bethlehem for a census at 9 months pregnant and giving birth in a stable full of animals? What was convenient about the shepherds leaving their flocks in the middle of the night to search for the King of kings? Or even their night visitation to the manger; Did that come at a convenient time for Mary and Joseph?
Here is Mary’s response: “But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart”. – Luke 2:19. If Mary had been more concerned with pleasing herself than being the Lord’s servant, she would not have had this response. If Joseph had been more concerned with himself than obedience to God, he would not have taken Mary as his wife. The matchless treasure of Christ and obedience to God were their deciding factors-not convenience.
That continues to be Christ’s call: “’If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.’” – Luke 9:23. Christ’s kingdom and worth is the “pearl of greatest price” (Matt 13:46), but we must be willing to fell the idols of self-worship and convenience in order to gain Him! That call is inconvenient in every way. But inconvenience is not a bad thing; it is a higher thing, a necessary thing in our spiritual lives if we are truly to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Let’s ask God to elevate the worth of Jesus Christ in our lives so that we can live inconveniently for the sake of the Gospel!
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