Prayer for the day
God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of the ram’s-horn. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is King of all the earth; sing praises with all your skill. God reigns over the nations; God sits upon his holy throne.
Scripture for the day
We’ve seen them on tv: those people who believe themselves too powerful to be subject to the laws of the nation or the laws of God. They strut their stuff, doing what they like, believing that the long arm of God will not touch them in their power. Yet we’ve also seen these people stumble and fall. We’ve seen their lives come crashing down around them in sorrow.
Truly it has been said that the bigger they are, the harder they fall.
Ezekiel is called by God to prophesy against he biggest and the strongest, knowing full well that it will not be fun, but likely painful. Regardless of his safety he obeys, and calls woe down upon leaders and nations. Pharaoh, the one who rules the world, is condemned by God for his greatness and the activity he engaged in while he was so great. Greatness, says God, is fleeting. It is God’s to give out and rescind as God sees fit. The great one and the lesser alike are called to the same: humility.
This finds expression in the Second Testament as well, in 1 Peter. The Christians being addressed were people who once lived much as Pharaoh, whether powerful or not. They would engage in all kinds of sinful activity, being freed from restraint. The freedom of Christ freed them from their bondage to worldly “pleasure” however, and gave them the ability to be humble in Christ.
May we all experience the grace of God that leads us to humility, walking humbly with our God.