Today you should read: Ezekiel 24
Have you ever had to do something for God you didn’t understand? How about something hard? Well Ezekiel, in the same chapter, gets hit with both. Let’s talk about each one.
1. Do something you don’t understand
These are not new things for Ezekiel. God has been asking him to do things that don’t make sense pretty much from the get go. In this particular account God has Ezekiel boil some meat, burn the bones and try to burn out the impurities of the pot. All this was an illustration to Israel that God was about to turn up the heat on His wrath and judgment toward them. It makes a little more sense once you know the purpose behind it, but could you imagine what Ezekiel must have been thinking? Probably trying to wrack his brain to figure out God and what His purpose behind all this was. You ever been there? You are asked to do something or you go though something that doesn’t make any sense and you try desperately to figure it out? Sometimes God let’s us in on the purpose and sometimes He just asks us to trust him. And the same is true for the next thing as well.
2. Do something that is hard
Many of you reading may know this but my wife (Ellie) and I lost 3 kids before we had Noel. We lost them at different stages, miscarriage, still-birth and our third one lived about 6 days. Those experiences were the hardest things I have ever had to go through. There were certainly tears and deep feelings of sadness and mourning. As I said before, God doesn’t always give us insight into what He is up to and why He allows us to go through certain situations and circumstances. What I did see come out of this is summed up in this verse:
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4
Ellie and I have been able to meet with folks who have dealt with all sorts of issues from infertility to miscarriage to all sorts of other things. I couldn’t imagine being Ezekiel when God tells Him his wife is going to die and he is not allowed to mourn her. Talk about a hard thing to do for God. And talk about something you can’t understand. But what did Ezekiel think about all this? Trust.
“So I proclaimed this to the people the next morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did everything I had been told to do.” Ezekiel 24:18
You talk about trust and obedience. That’s it. Even writing this right now I am awe struck that someone would trust and obey God to this point. I have to be honest, it was hard to move on when we lost our kids, I couldn’t imagine this. But that is the point. If we really trust God and believe Him and believe in Him we will trust and obey, no matter what and no matter why.
So how about you? Can you do something you don’t understand for God? Can you do something hard for Him? Will you? Know this, it will happen if it hasn’t already. Be ready to trust and obey.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd