Read Ezekiel 11 today.

This chapter includes words about what will happen to the faithful exiles. We learn God will continue to be a sanctuary for those who are faithful. We learn they will be gathered again in their homeland. We learn the vestiges of idolatry will be replaced by greater faithfulness. We learn they will be God’s people, and God will be their God. We learn of God’s grace, that God is for them, that God is on their side, that God desires the very best for them.
Yet, even the faithful ones spent time in exile.
For those of us who place our trust in God, we must remember that faithfulness does not guarantee the absence of adversity. Nor does the presence of adversity mean we have been abandoned by God. In whatever circumstances we find ourselves, we still choose in whom we place our trust.
In whom is your trust today?
Ezekiel 11:16-21 NLT
“Therefore, tell the exiles, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Although I have scattered you in the countries of the world, I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile. [17] I, the Sovereign LORD, will gather you back from the nations where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel once again.’
[18] “When the people return to their homeland, they will remove every trace of their vile images and detestable idols. [19] And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, [20] so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God. [21] But as for those who long for vile images and detestable idols, I will repay them fully for their sins. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!”