“You rely on your sword…” – Ezekiel 33:26
What do I rely on other than the Lord to bring me though? Though I may not have my own sword, or rely on violence, I’m not fully convinced that’s what this verse is pointing to.
God’s people were relying on their own strength to get them though every circumstance, and left God out of the picture of their lives. They relied on their strength, their intelligence, their ability to fight through things their way.
Now all of the sudden we can relate to relying on our own swords. The amplified Bible’s version of Ezekiel 33:26 says “You rely on your sword [as your security].”
I don’t know about you, but this is starting to sound more and more like how I operate sometimes. I get into challanging times and I tend to be a pull-myself-up-by-the-bootstraps kind of person. I power through it because God is always glorified when I’m strong, right?
But scripture says “Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? … Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1st Corinthians 1:20,25)
God is glorified when I am weak and dependant because then the world can see where it all comes from — His spirit in me.
It has nothing to do with me. Relying on my own sword is pride and independence from God. We can’t lift up His name without His strength first. It’s only by His strength, His spirit, and His sword that we can bring Him glory.