June 7

Ezekiel 17:22-24

“Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.” vs 22

Ezekiel wrote at a time when it appears that Israel had seen its last days. Jerusalem and the temple had been destroyed and the remnants of the royal house now lived in Babylon in captivity. All had been lost–but not quite all! Hope remained and Ezekiel fanned the flames of that hope with a word from the Lord about the cedars of Lebanon. A sprig would be planted on a high mountain, and it would grow and flourish. The point is clear. God is the Lord of all: trees of the field, birds of the air, all living things are created and sustained by the Divine Presence. So if there is hope for trees, surely God will care for Israel. There are many times when we need that reassurance. Right now things look a bit grim for our world. The climate is changing and disaster for many is looming. Humanity seems incapable of mounting a sustained and united response–in light of that failure we wonder what things will be like for our great grandchildren. Ezekiel reminds us that there is power greater than ours loose in the world. Even though we can’t see the way the Creator of the universe is still in control–and most days that’s our only hope!

Thought for the Day: What can God do that humans can’t?

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