2017-08-14 - Superpowers Under Wraps
Ezekiel, I am sending you to the people of Israel. They are just like their ancestors who rebelled against me and refused to stop. They are stubborn and hardheaded. But I, the Lord God, have chosen you to tell them what I say. (Ezekiel 2:3-4 CEV)
Ezekiel knew what he was in for. God didn't sugarcoat the prophet's role. God told the Old Testament prophet not to be afraid of the people's responses. Ezekiel would have opposition. Some would listen, others would blame Ezekiel for God's wrath. God told Ezekiel it wasn't up to him if the people were hardheaded. Ezekiel's job was to be obedient and tell the people what God said. Ezekiel didn't ask God to make his job easier. Instead, he accepted God's will.
Ezekiel had to be brave. He had to rely on the Lord's power to make a difference. That is just what we have to do.
It's easy to read about Ezekiel the prophet's life, but what about putting his example to practice? May we take the first step, as Ezekiel did, and be willing.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.