August 21, 2020 Daily Devotion

The scripture for today is Ezekiel 31:15-18, NIV.

15 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On the day it was brought down to the realm of the dead I covered the deep springs with mourning for it; I held back its streams, and its abundant waters were restrained. Because of it I clothed Lebanon with gloom, and all the trees of the field withered away. 16 I made the nations tremble at the sound of its fall when I brought it down to the realm of the dead to be with those who go down to the pit. Then all the trees of Eden, the choicest and best of Lebanon, the well-watered trees, were consoled in the earth below. 17 They too, like the great cedar, had gone down to the realm of the dead, to those killed by the sword, along with the armed men who lived in its shade among the nations.

18 “‘Which of the trees of Eden can be compared with you in splendor and majesty? Yet you, too, will be brought down with the trees of Eden to the earth below; you will lie among the uncircumcised, with those killed by the sword.

“‘This is Pharaoh and all his hordes, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”

This passage is about the fall of Assyria’s and Ezekiel’s comparison to Egypt’s fall. The pride of the king of Egypt is similar to that of the king of Assyria. Their fall is caused by their own sin. Both had experienced glory, and both receive God’s judgment. The fall of proud men is to be a warning to others, so they remain humble.

It is best to be like a lowly tree of righteousness, yielding fruit to the glory of God, and to the good of men. The wicked man is often seen flourishing like the cedar, and spreading like the tree that soon passes away, and his place is found no more. Let us then strive to be the upright man who will reign in peace and follows God’s word.

The Assyrians and Egyptians were both powerful and mighty empires, but their demise was of their own doing. Kings and rulers need to put their faith in the One that is the true ruler of all, not in their own whims, and grabs for glory, power and status. The Bible urges us to seek humility. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” Eph. 4:2 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” Phil. 2:3 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Prov. 11:2 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:10.

Dear God, Help me to be humble and search for wisdom in your word. Guide me back to you when I stray. Amen

Kelly Sperry

Prayer Concern – Those putting their focus on power and status instead of God.

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