“There the hand of the Lord was on him.” Ezekiel 1:3.
“He said: ‘Son of man, I am sending you…” Ezekiel 2:3.
“You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen..” Ezekiel 2:7.
“But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are.” Ezekiel 3:8.
My approach to Scripture is to read until something speaks directly to me.
Sometimes I find a verse quickly that does it for me.
Today, I kept reading Ezekiel for longer than usual.
I reached a “stopping” point today when I realized that there is a required pattern in place for believers to live out.
If the pattern gets rearranged, then I begin to walk without Him.
Everything MUST start with God’s Hand being on me. I cannot do the other things ahead of that.
That may be why apologetics alone can be disastrous. Off I go, armed and dangerous, without being in His Will and without being where He wants me to be. I battle verbally, or online, and stir up dust rather than settling it.
I am so impatient and so eager for a quick finish that I get ahead of His leading. It is so costly spiritually.
God prepared Ezekiel. He called him. He sent Him to a specific place. He gave Ezekiel His Words to say and He promised him the endurance to persevere when His Words were rejected. What more would you want!
But it all starts with waiting for God to touch me.
But what should I do in the meantime? Meditate on His living Word. Interact with Him without ceasing. “Do” His Word at the lowest practical level. Wait on the Lord!
Conclusion: Ezekiel was touched by God and THEN he received the rest of his assignment. I must stop running ahead to the where’s, when’s, and how’s of my own choosing.