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Daily Devotional with Pastor Jon

October 28

It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.

Ezekiel 48:35

The people to whom Ezekiel prophesied were captives in a foreign land. They had heard reports that their country had been obliterated, that the Temple had been destroyed. But suddenly they hear a message from God, telling them not only that the Temple would be rebuilt, that the Levites would be in place, that the priests would be in attendance, that all twelve tribes would be reunited and given a portion of the land - but, above all, that the city would be named Jehovah-Shammah, or “the Lord is there.”

Maybe, like the Jews in Ezekiel’s day, you feel displaced or forgotten, out of touch and out of hope. If you don’t know the Lord, leave the captivity of sin behind and turn to Him, for He is as near as your confession of faith in Him (Romans 10:8-10).

And if you do know Him, take heart, for all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for instruction in righteousness - including Ezekiel 48 (2 Timothy 3:16). Through this otherwise-obscure passage, the Lord would say to you, “Fear not. I haven’t left you nor forsaken you. In fact, I have something planned and all measured out for you. The Kingdom is right around the corner - and the best part about it is that I will be there.”

This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi. If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you can order one from the SearchLight Store.

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