“You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen.” Ezekiel 2:7.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Ezekiel 1-3, and Revelation 2.
Ezekiel gets the word to say His Words.
How does this work in 2017 life?
First, it isn’t our task to make someone listen to us. However, we need to be listenable.
Dropping a disconnected Scripture into a conversation is the work of a zealot. Dropping an appropriate Scripture into a conversation, where a need is expressed, is ideal timing. No door forced open, in fact, door was opened for you.
We don’t know what the impact of our conveying His Words will be……..and that’s a good thing. God put the Words in our mouths and He’ll take care of how they land after they pass our lips.
The word “must” is important at the start of the verse. Ezekiel was about to deliver some strong words to the Israelites. He wouldn’t win any popularity contests by saying them. Ezekiel was hesitant. God insisted that His Words be said. Later in this chapter, Ezekiel was told that if he didn’t speak His Words to Israel and they continued in their unrepentant lives then their blood would be on his hands. That is strong language!
This is certainly a different directive than trying to find an appropriate opening in a conversion, isn’t it. BUT there are circumstances where His strong Words MUST be given. His Words could wreck a relationship or worse but God has put us in a position to deliver His strong Words and we must do it. O how badly we need His timing!
A life lived close to God is the only true solution to getting the audible part of our lives correct.
“Lord, You are my guide. Forgive me for following counterfeits. You are my comfort. I need you every second. I desperately need you in the verbal part of my life. Your tough words to Ezekiel are words I need to live by too. Empower me to say Your Words to the believers and non-believers in my midst. My Words must be Your Words and done in Your Timing. I can’t get any of this right on my own. Direct me, I beg. I love You, Father.”
Are you talking His Talk? “What passes my lips is open before You.” Jeremiah 17:16.