Fresh Starts (Ezekiel 40-41)

He brought me to the portico of the temple… (Ezekiel 40:48a)

A few days ago a woman came into my office seeking counsel.  Without going into the details of the story, it was clear that she was facing consequences from choices that she had made over time.  Those consequences were weighing her down, and it was hard for her to believe that God could forgive her.  I was so pleased that I could share with her about a God of grace.  All who approach God through Jesus are welcomed into His presence – regardless of their past sins and the consequences they may be bearing.  That’s why the temple from Ezekiel’s vision is of such great importance.

The temple that Ezekiel saw has actually yet to come to fruition.  The thought by scholars is that it will be built during Jesus’ thousand year reign on earth – for this reason it is referred to as the “Millennial Temple.”  It’s amazing that, hundreds of years before Christ came, and thousands of years before His return, God already had a plan for what was to come!  In spite of Israel’s punishment and exile, God had not abandoned His people.  This vision served as a reminder for Ezekiel that God’s grace is bigger than the sins of the nation.  Yes, God was going to send His Son to die so we might be made right with Him.

I’m not saying that your past is of no consequence.  Though God’s grace is big, it doesn’t always include a giant eraser that magically removes the consequences of our choices.  However, God allows us to have fresh starts.  His grace is available, and we can move forward in it, regardless of our past mistakes.  Be encouraged to know today that His grace is big enough to cover every sin you’ve committed.  You simply need to accept it.  You simply need to cry out to God.  He’s ready to receive you through Jesus.  What are you waiting for?

Father, thank You that Your grace is big enough to cover my sins.  Thank You that You care so deeply about me and that You don’t hold my sins against me when I approach You through Jesus.  Help me as I bear the consequences of my sins. Let me find rest and a fresh start in You.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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