Wow. My reading stopped me up short when God told Ezekiel that the “delight” of his eyes, his wife, would die – and that the prophet could not mourn. This is a lesson for the people. When God destroys the temple, they are not to mourn. The temple’s destruction is what their sins deserve.
Still. It’s a lot to ask a prophet.
But I’m guessing that if Jesus asked such a favor of me – a favor that would benefit the church – I might just have to say yes, too.
Still. It’s a lot to ask a Christian.
On to happier thoughts from Hebrews:
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 ESV)
Faith is believing that God knows what He is doing, that He will keep His promises, that He cares for us.
Faith is doing what God asks us to do, because He knows what He is doing, He keeps His promises, He cares for us.
I’m guessing Ezekiel had a bunch of faith!
More accurately, Ezekiel knew in whom he placed his faith:
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Hebrews 11:3 ESV)
When you think about it, it’s not too hard to believe that the God who created the universe by His word knows what He’s doing!
Today’s Readings: Ezekiel 23:1-24:27, Psalm 127:1-5, Proverbs 28:24, Hebrews 11:1-16. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).