Prayer: Lord God, may we grow each day in you. Amen
Reading: Ezekiel 17: 22-24 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
"I myself will take a sprig...plant it." (v. 22)
God is going to replant a sprig on a mountain height. The sprig will come from the lofty top of a cedar and eventually grow into a lofty cedar, too. This, however, will take time. A long time.
The point of our reading today is Israel will be exalted at last. It references God restoring the temple on Mount Zion in Jerusalem and all knowing the LORD's power. It also implies this will take a lengthy time.
Rome wasn't built in a day. Takes time to turn the Titanic around. Good things come to those who wait. All phases that imply some things take time and patience is important. Waiting is hard; wondering makes it worse. We grow in the LORD each day and though it may take a long time, we will be exalted at last.
"I the LORD have spoken; I will accomplish it." (v. 24)
-- Ruth Gates
Anyone is welcome to contribute! If you'd like to write for us, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Get our daily devotions delivered to your e-mail box each day by signing up below: