Warring Desire

Day 325

Prayer for the day

So teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

Scripture for the day

Ezekiel 18-19, James 4

It’s the curse of every waking moment for humanity: we are people who have hearts in two camps. We long for the righteousness of God and we long for the wickedness of the world. We desire to have our cake and to eat it, too. We have trouble deciding between the things of God and the things of the World because we refuse to recognize the superiority of one over the other. We believe that somehow we will be able to have both, and that God will somehow be pleased.

The people of Israel were shown this choice of warring desire when Ezekiel spoke with them about the sins of the father and the righteousness of the son, and about the righteous turning to wickedness and the wicked turning to righteousness. God blessed the one and cursed the other, showing no favouritism, but showing instead His justice and His mercy.

God decreed through Ezekiel that it is not the decision of a moment but the conviction and action of a lifetime that will be weighed in the scales of God’s judgment.

James too has words to say to the people about the decisions they make. He condemns the Christians to whom he writes for their double-mindedness, for their refusal to focus entirely on the things of God. He calls those who are steeped in sin to repentance, and to a single-minded focus on the moment at hand and serving God in that moment. Stop worrying, he says, about tomorrow, and live life for Christ today! Only in this way will the Christian fulfill the call of God upon her life. Only in this single-minded way will we truly live!

May your life be marked by a single focus: Christ, and him crucified.


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