Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.
He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard Him speaking to me. He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you Son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house.”
– Ezekiel 2:1-6
Ezekiel was a faithful priest, watchman, prophet and shepherd. He ministered for 22 years. He had to live out/model many very difficult messages. He was willing to live out God’s calling on his life, even when it was hard. In chapter one, Ezekiel was shown four visions of God. They proceeded in four manifestations: a cloud, four living creatures, rotating wheels and a voice heard coming from a throne and a glorious figure like the Son of Man. Each one of these visions suggested majesty, order, activity, and personality. Following these visions of God, Ezekiel was commissioned to deliver the message of God to the children of Israel who were described as rebellious, obstinate and stubborn. He was to deliver this message even if the people would not listen.
The Big Question
Ezekiel was instructed to deliver God’s message even though he and God’s message would not be popular. He accepted this difficult task despite Israel’s history and their desire to snuff out God’s voice through His prophets. Are you like Ezekiel faithful in declaring God’s message (Good News) to your generation? Do you persevere despite opposition from the culture? As an ambassador for Christ, you have been entrusted with the message and ministry of reconciliation. Have you been a faithful priest (standing in the gap between God and men)?
Conclude your time in prayer and silence reflecting on what God revealed to you today.