Ezekiel 31 Commentary

12 and the most ruthless of foreign nations cut it down and left it. Its boughs fell on the mountains and in all the valleys; its branches lay broken in all the ravines of the land. All the nations of the earth came out from under its shade and left it.

God cast His judgement on the nation of Egypt in this chapter. A proud and boastful nation was brought to ruin. As we read in this verse “all the nations of the earth” or nations allied to Egypt, scattered when the once great nation fell. They all left Egypt to fate of Babylon.

This chapter is a message to those who put their trust in the illusionary mught and security of this world. Where do we put our security, our confidence? Is it in our career? Our homes? The car we drive? The savings in our bank account?

It’s an idea that scares most: what happens when we lose all we built? A sudden job loss, a car break down, a sudden expense drains our savings? How will we find peace if they are gone? When we put faith in physical things we often see that like Egypt, they can be taken away. They can be stolen or eaten by moths. There is always a bigger nation to take them down.

When we trust God we know He won’t fail us. The more we lean on Him the less the things around us seem to hold our trust. We have confidence that the funds will arrive to pay those bills and fill the fridge. The new, and perhaps better, job offer will arrise. With God on our side we will always be taken care of. The more we trust in His provision the more confident we become of it.

Is there any part of your heart that relies on the strength of “Egypt” instead of God?

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