Ezekiel 46:18: “Moreover the prince shall not take any of the people’s inheritance by evicting them from their property; he shall provide an inheritance for his sons from his own property, so that none of My people may be scattered from his property.”

July 8th, 2018 by Pastor Ed in devotional

In this final vision given to Ezekiel, which began in chapter 40, the prophet seemed to be describing the conditions that will be in and around Israel during the Kingdom Age or the Millennial Reign of Christ (though we cannot be absolutely certain). We read that there will be a ruler over the Jews called “the prince.” We can be certain that this is not a description of Jesus Christ, because this prince worships the Lord, offers sacrifices, and has sons to which he apportions part of the land. We also find in this chapter a detailed description of the reinstatement of temple worship for the Jews who will be alive during this time.

As we have seen throughout the Old Testament and again here, God is very concerned with details and order. Pondering this part of God’s character makes us want to look more closely at the order of our own lives. Perhaps that is one of the messages we can take away from these passages today, that our heavenly Father is concerned about the timing, details, and priorities in each of our lives.

Concerning time, each hour we have is a privilege. On the ornate sundial at All Souls’ College in Oxford, England, is the Latin inscription, Pereunt et imputantur, which means The hours perish, and are laid to our charge.

Concerning details, the old saying “the devil is in the details,” means that it is usually the small things in plans that are often overlooked and cause serious problems later on.

Concerning priorities, it was these words that stirred D.L. Moody to change his priorities: “The world has yet to see what God will do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.” Moody decided he was involved in too many good projects to be very effective and decided God wanted him to cut back on his projects and concentrate on evangelism. That change in his priorities, changed his entire generation.

“LORD, help us to see Your timing, details, and priorities for our lives this day, in Jesus’ name.”