Have you ever been frustrated by something that should work and doesn’t? For the last several months I’ve had a rotten time trying to charge my phone. I purchased several charging cords but the connection always seemed to be an issue to the point where many times I would have to hold the phone and firmly push the cord to get a steady charge. I was just about to take the phone into the store and replace it when I had an idea. Taking a pin I probed the cavity where the cord connected and immediately all kinds of dirt and matted hair began to come loose. Honestly, I felt pretty foolish—no wonder the phone was not properly charging—it was plugged up with debris.
Ezekiel 24:11-13—Set the empty pot on its coals so that it becomes hot and its copper glows. Then its impurity will melt inside it; its rust will be consumed. It has frustrated every effort; its thick rust will not come off. Into the fire with its rust! Because of the indecency of your uncleanness—since I tried to purify you, but you would not be purified from your uncleanness—you will not be pure again until I have satisfied My wrath on you.
God shared with the prophet Ezekiel His frustration with Israel. He likened the people to a pot that was so badly rusted it could not be scraped clean. Anything cooked inside it was contaminated. The only solution was to heat the pot when it was empty so that the impurities finally melted off. God tried in multiple ways to scrape His immoral people to spotlessness but their hearts were stiff and they remained disobedient and rebellious. He decided that only His punishing wrath would purify them—a sobering pronouncement.
Jeanne Guyon wrote in Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ, “There is impurity in you. More than you could ever conceive. And it is fatal to union with God.” I wonder how many times my connection with heaven is impeded because of gunk in my life—unconfessed sin, a rebellious attitude, impure or critical thoughts. To eliminate frustration, I must be faithful to listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompting and then quick to confess as He reveals dirt in my life. It takes a steadfast commitment to be obedient to His good and perfect will to keep spiritually charged! Something to think about . . . in reveration!
Abiding is to be an act of the will and the whole heart.—Andrew Murray in The True Vine
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)