Friday, September 14

I will, I will, I will

Scripture: Ezekiel 36-37, Psalm 110, Revelation 19

Ezekiel 36:26-27 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.  27 I will place my Spirit within you and cause you to follow my statutes and carefully observe my ordinances.  

Observation

After so much judgement, God promises the restoration of Israel.  In a beautiful section (36:24-30), God piles up promises.  There are 17 “I will” statements!  (This counts some “and” statements as two.)  Just in these two verses, there are 6 “I will” statements:

I will give you a new heart.

I will put a new spirit within you.

I will remove your heart of stone.

I will give you a heart of flesh.

I will place my Spirit within you.

I will cause you to follow my statues and carefully observe my ordinances.

The repetition of “I will” would pound in the idea that God is doing something.  They wouldn’t restore or save themselves; God will restore them.  It is all His doing.  “I will, I will, I will.” 

Application

This is a beautiful expression of the gospel in the OT.  It is DONE, not DO.  It is about what God has done for us in Christ, not what we do for God.  What was true for Israel is equally true for us: we cannot save or heal or restore ourselves—only God can do it.  And He says, “I will”.

This week, I was talking with a friend about the phrase “Seek My face,” something God says repeatedly in the Bible.  It’s not that God is hiding from us and we must find Him.  He is standing right here, but we’re looking elsewhere.  And He says, “Seek My face.”  “Look at Me, I’m right here.  Pay attention.”  

I’m tempted to do it myself, to be Mr. Fixit.  But there are things I can’t fix.  There are things I need God to heal and restore.  Instead of looking away from Him to my own efforts, I need to seek His face, to turn toward Him and ask Him to do what only He can do.  And He says…

“I will.” 

Prayer: Lord, remind me to bring to You those broken things about me that only You can fix.  Thank You for Your multiplied promises: I will, I will, I will.