On June 21 during the eleventh year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, this message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, give this message to Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and all his hordes:
“To whom would you compare your greatness? You are like mighty Assyria, which was once like a cedar of Lebanon, with beautiful branches that cast deep forest shade and with its top high among the clouds. Deep springs watered it and helped it to grow tall and luxuriant. The water flowed around it like a river, streaming to all the trees nearby. This great tree towered high, higher than all the other trees around it. It prospered and grew long thick branches because of all the water at its roots. The birds nested in its branches, and in its shade all the wild animals gave birth. All the great nations of the world lived in its shadow. It was strong and beautiful, with wide-spreading branches, for its roots went deep into abundant water. No other cedar in the garden of God could rival it. No cypress had branches to equal it; no plane tree had boughs to compare. No tree in the garden of God came close to it in beauty. Because I made this tree so beautiful, and gave it such magnificent foliage, it was the envy of all the other trees of Eden, the garden of God.
Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Because Egypt became proud and arrogant, and because it set itself so high above the others, with its top reaching to the clouds, I will hand it over to a mighty nation that will destroy it as its wickedness deserves. I have already discarded it. Ezekiel 31:1-11
It’s sad how prosperity and success so often result in pride and arrogance; and equally sad how poverty and suffering can result in grumbles of victimization and contempt. This is true for individuals, organizations, as well as nations. When things go well for us, we like to take the credit; yet when things go wrong, we look for someone or something to blame.
We have nothing in life – nothing on planet earth and beyond – that hasn’t been given to us. Our breath, our intellect, our ingenuity, our energies – all of these have been provided to us by Almighty GOD. We have done nothing to earn or deserve His blessings, His abundances, His provisions, and His protection. These are only and all grace to us from Him.
We should all be thankful, grateful, and humble because of this. We should be singing His praises and sharing His bounty all the day long – letting the whole world know how awesome and great and generous GOD really is. And to top it off – He has given us salvation from our sins through the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of His Son, Jesus, the Christ!
Oh praise Him! Oh praise Him!