“‘Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?’ says the Lord God, ‘and not that he should turn from his ways and live?’” (Ezekiel 18:23 NKJV)
Ezekiel 18 begins by discussing a common proverb of the day: the fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth are set on edge. The meaning, or course, being that children suffer for the sins of their fathers. God’s commentary on that proverb is that Israel should stop using it. We are blessed or we suffer for our own lifestyle. Those of us who live a righteous life in God will be blessed and favored, those who rebel against God will die in their actions. Lest we get the idea that God is waiting for people to live wrong and do evil, God gave us this verse. God would rather see those who are wicked turn from their evil ways and do right so that he might enjoy fellowship with God than to see someone die in their sins.
As we think about God’s desire for all to enjoy fellowship with Him, we should rejoice that He’s provided a payment for the penalty of our sins and made it possible for all people to turn to Him through the forgiveness given in Jesus Christ. God has no desire that any should live, or die, apart from Him. Now would be a good time to look at yourself. No matter who you are or no matter what you’ve done, God loves you so much that He wants to be close to you. He thought you were important enough that Jesus died for you. As bad as you might think you are, God loves you. As worthless as you may think you are, God saw the greatest value in you. Make today the day you turn to Him, repent from your sins, and accept His forgiveness. Experience His love and acceptance now.
Lord, thank You that You loved me when I didn’t know You. Thank You that You drew me into a relationship with You when I didn’t deserve it. Thank You for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross that paid the penalty for all my sins.