But if the wicked turn away from all their sins that they have committed and keep all my statutes and do what is lawful and right, they shall surely live; they shall not die. None of the transgressions that they have committed shall be remembered against them; for the righteousness that they have done they shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that they should turn from their ways and live? But when the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity and do the same abominable things that the wicked do, shall they live? None of the righteous deeds that they have done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which they are guilty and the sin they have committed, they shall die. Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is unfair.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die.
Today is Friday the 6 March, in the first week of Lent.
Salt of the Sound sings, ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus.’ As you begin this time of prayer, spent a moment doing just that: turn your eyes upon Jesus… towards the light of his glory and grace.
Today’s reading is from the Prophet Ezekiel.
Though our reading today from Ezekiel appears very challenging it is also full of encouragement. The Lord God keeps short accounts and the things we or our family members have done in the past are not held against us. What does this concept stir in you?
God deals with us here and now and it’s how we relate to God moment by moment that enables us to remain faithful to God. Are there areas in your life where you are tempted to turn away from God? What keeps you walking in God’s ways? Tell God about them now.
As you listen again think about ways in which you can ensure that you turn to the Lord afresh every day.
Take some moments now to thank God for his faithfulness to you. Pledge your faithfulness in return.