Or suppose I were to pour out my fury by sending an epidemic into the land, and the disease killed people and animals alike. As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were there, they wouldn’t be able to save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved by their righteousness.

Ezekiel 14:19-20 (NLT)

We, who live in America, believe that we are safe. Yet when we watch our buildings tumble down or see the messages sent out on video from ISIS leaders, we tremble. Our military goes into high alert to contain the evil threats from escalating and enacting a horrific action on our nation. Rules are set up for our protection and we carefully follow them.

I don’t envy the task given to the prophets in the Old Testament. God was so mad at the children of Israel that He attempted every trick up His sleeve to get their attention. He loved them and wanted the best for them. Yet, they continued to insult Him and disobey His instructions. His fury is held at bay only because of His love for His chosen people.

God gave many messages to Ezekiel to pass on the Jewish nation in an effort to get them to listen. In this one He reminded them of the stories of Noah, Daniel, and Job. Why did he choose to single out these men? 

All three were responsible for the lives of many people. All three lived in obedience to God. All three lived in faith that God would provide an escape in their time of need. They lived righteous lives and God noticed them. Each provided salvation for those in their care.

But, the reminder by the prophet was that regardless of how many people were saved by their actions, their personal salvation was all that could be assured. 

Our God is a personal and jealous God and wants us to choose to love and obey only Him. His salvation comes in the form of a cross and a Son, Jesus, who was willing to pay the price for my sins and yours by dying on that cross. Have you made that personal decision to accept the offer of a life of freedom from sin and the hope of heaven because of Jesus’ sacrifice? 

Now is the time. That single decisions assures us that we no longer need to fear his wrath because we are part of His family, both now and forever.