What do we do with all the gifts that God gives to us? Do we let them become something that we use to bring fame and glory to ourselves? In this portion of Ezekiel, we see beauty and wisdom being used for worldly fame.
The gifts that God gives to each of us are not for only our good, and are not meant to be misused by us. They are to be used to bring glory to God, and to help others.
God, I do not want to misuse any of the gifts that You have given me. I want to be careful how I use them; and not hide them, but to use them wisely for Your glory. AMEN
I always want to wait for You, Lord, to help me. I want to trust Your Word always. I will put my hope in You, because You are loving. Psalm 130
11 The LORD spoke his word to me, saying: 12 “Human, sing a funeral song for the king of Tyre. Say to him: ‘This is what the Lord GOD says: You were an example of what was perfect, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You had a wonderful life, as if you were in Eden, the garden of God. Every valuable gem was on you: ruby, topaz, and emerald, yellow quartz, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and chrysolite. Your jewelry was made of gold. It was prepared on the day you were created. 14 I appointed a living creature to guard you. I put you on the holy mountain of God. You walked among the gems that shined like fire. 15 Your life was right and good from the day you were created, until evil was found in you. 16 Because you traded with countries far away, you learned to be cruel, and you sinned. So I threw you down in disgrace from the mountain of God. And the living creature who guarded you forced you out from among the gems that shined like fire. 17 You became too proud because of your beauty. You ruined your wisdom because of your greatness. I threw you down to the ground. Your example taught a lesson to other kings. 18 You dishonored your places of worship through your many sins and dishonest trade. So I set on fire the place where you lived, and the fire burned you up. I turned you into ashes on the ground for all those watching to see. 19 All the nations who knew you are shocked about you. Your punishment was so terrible, and you are gone forever.’ ” (Ezekiel 28:11-19 NCV)
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