November 24 | Daily Devotion

November 24 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a complete reading of the passage

Lectio Semi-continua: a shorter reading of the passage

Lectio Divina

Old Testament

Ezekiel was appointed as a prophet to tell the people about coming danger. His job is compared to that of a watchman, who stood guard on the city walls looking out over the horizon and sounding the trumpet when enemies approached. If Ezekiel sounded a warning and the people failed to heed it, then their blood was on their own heads. However, if Ezekiel stayed mum, he would be negligent. It was his responsibility to preach, even if the people refused to change their ways.

The people heard what the prophet had to say, they just didn’t listen to him. He was a good preacher, entertaining them with eloquence and his evocative expositions. They stopped, they listened, they were entertained, but they did nothing to change. “My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice” (Ezek. 33:31-32).

Do you have a similar attitude toward the Sunday exposition or toward reading the Bible? It’s great if your pastor is interesting and engaging, but the most important thing is that the message of the Word changes who you are. Danger lurks in this world, an Enemy seeks your harm, and one of the duties of God’s “watchmen” is to let you know about it. You must do more than say, “He really plays the trumpet well.” You must respond to the warning with a changed heart, and a changed life. May God help all of us to hear His Word and do what it says!

New Testament

Peter begins with an encouraging doctrine: election (1 Peter 1:2). As the apostle delves into the mystery of suffering, as he will throughout his letter, he reminds us that we are “chosen, “ we have been on God’s mind for a long time. The fiery trials we go through are not accidental (1 Peter 4:12). We are people of destiny chosen to be God’s children, chosen to live holy, happy, fulfilling lives no matter the difficulties that come our way. This is what the book of 1 Peter is all about.

Lectio Divina  is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of  Calvary Church  in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of  A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.