What you have in your mind shall never be, when you say, ‘We will be like the Gentiles, like the families in other countries, serving wood and stone.' Ezekiel 20:32 NKJV
You want to know something cool about God? He never changes. He's always the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. When He makes a covenant with you, He never goes back on it. This really stood out to me as I've been reading Ezekiel. The children of Israel had turned away from God over and over and over again. They had sacrificed to other gods, had murdered their kids, had been sexually immoral. They'd done all sorts of horrid things, things God had warned them not to do over and over. Not because He's some tyrant, but because He loves them and knew these things would only make them miserable. Repeatedly Israel repents, repeatedly they come back to God. He forgives them but then they go do it again. Now, after hundreds of years, God is prophesying in Ezekiel how He's going to allow the King of Babylon to conquer and capture them. Not only that, eventually, all the people in Israel will be scattered across the entire earth and Israel will no longer be a nation (at least for awhile)
Yet even after all the rebellion and all the chances, God never gives up on Israel! In the midst of all their wickedness, He tells them.. you want to be evil, you want to be like the world, but I won't let you! I love you too much to let you! Besides, I've made a covenant with you I intend to keep, even if you don't!
God is so faithful! Throughout Ezekiel.. He promises that in the end, He will restore them.
For thus says the Lord God: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As
a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered
sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places
where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day Ezekiel 34:11-12
Thus says the Lord God: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable
He makes the same promise to us! While we have breath in our lungs, God NEVER gives up on us! We may rebel, we may drift, we may wander far off the path, but if we are His, He pursues us like someone madly in love. He never quits. He never gets tired. Once He has called you and you are His, He never changes His mind.
for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable Romans 11:29 NASB
If you belong to God and you are drifting from Him. If you have pushed Him away and decided you would rather pursue the things of this world, too bad for you, cause He's not letting you go without a fight!. He will do EVERYTHING in His power to bring you back. He won't leave you alone for one minute. So you might as well come back and live for Him. I guarantee it will be the best choice you've ever made!
All of us must die
eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which
cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away;
instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated
from him. 2 Samuel 14:14 NLT