[CF Devotionals] 2016-06-06 - What Would Ezekiel Say?

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Ezekiel 24:15-27

“Ezekiel is an example for you; you will do just as he has done. And when that time comes, you will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.” (Ezekiel 24 24 NLT)

How can God do this to me? He told me to show no emotion when my wife died. He had chosen me as a prophet, but at what cost? Losing my wife, it didn’t make much sense to me. Guess that is why I am not God of the universe. God knew how I felt about my wife, and how important she is to me. That didn’t sway God to change His mind. I didn’t have enough time to see her, or say goodbye.

These people better be worth it. God instructed me not to mourn or weep for my wife. So was I to hold it in? Pretend everything was fine? Naturally, the people asked me why I was behaving so strangely. Certainly unlike a man who just lost his wife. I did what God told me, for I was to be an example to them - how to act in adversity, tragedy, and heartache. I pray being an example will have an effect on them. I want the injustice of my wife's death to be worth it. Surely God’s plan will be worth it.

I knew God had control of my life. Would I rather be a martyr for these people, or have my wife back? That is where the prophet Ezekiel and the husband Ezekiel differ. I needed the prophet Ezekiel to prevail, in this case. I needed to be the example God knew I could be.

Lord, I’m the one on Earth in the mist of this situation, and it seems hard to me. Lord, I am reaching out to You, so reach out to me and give me the confidence I am searching. Let me reverence You, and not second-guess You or me. I know You won’t forsake me. I just want You to prove it in my life. I want it to become more than words on a page in the Bible. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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