Archive for December 20th, 2013

Ezekiel 35

Ezekiel 35 begins like most of the rest of the chapters in this book.  “The word or the Lord came to me”.  What an example of a relationship with God.  The prophet is tuned in.  He hears from God all the time.  And God continues to speak truth to Ezekiel because he takes it and does as God asks, he delivers the news to those who it is intended whether it is easy to do or not.  He speaks truth when no one wants to listen, and when it endangers his personal well being.  Ezekiel is obedient.  And because of that, God continues to use him to change the world.

Are you the kind of person God uses?  Scripture is filled with lessons about those kinds of folks.  God isn’t looking for perfect people – there has been only one and His name is Jesus.  But God does look for people that understand who He is, and are willing to walk in obedience to His leading.  He has used murderers and adulterers and liars and thieves.  All have sinned, so God isn’t looking for us to be perfect, but He is looking for repentance and obedience to His leading.  Are you that person?  Are you someone God can use?

God again tells us why the people of Mount Seir are on the chopping block.  They “magnified yourselves against me with your mouth, and multiplied your words against me; I heard it”.  Pride and self cause us to miss so much.  These people pursued and captured the children of God.  They were evil and said “These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will take possession of them”.  Their actions proved to be the cause of this final blow from God.  We won’t get around messing with His plans.

God wants to use us in our patch today.  But when we allow self, and pride and any number of other sins to get in the way of our walk and obedience to Him, we miss that chance to be used by Him.  When we put self on the throne and push Him to the side, we aren’t an instrument that He can pick up and use to change the world.  So before we start pointing fingers at God and asking how come He never talks to us like He did many in scripture, we need to take a hard look in the mirror and ask ourselves if we are the kind of person God uses.  Is our heart right?  Are our actions in obedience to what we already know He wants us to do?  If we haven’t obeyed what we already know, why would He give us more?  Take a look.  Are you the kind of person God uses?

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