Today you should read: Ezekiel 40
Pastor Matt Chandler of the Village Church often says, “Until the bad news becomes bad, there is not good news.” Well, here’s a little good news to go with all of the bad news we’ve been reading in Ezekiel as of lately. Some type of angel appeared to Ezekiel and gave him a vision for what the rebuilt temple of the one true God would look like. And God was specific with the outline of His temple. Imagine the encouragement, joy and hope that Ezekiel experienced when seeing the place where God would dwell and meet with His people once again after years of disobedience, rebellion and living in exile. All would be restored and redeemed. God doesn’t stop giving us visions for what to come. Yea, we won’t have vision quite like this one or the one He gives the apostle John in the end times when Jesus defeats Satan and rescues His bride once and for all. The Holy Scriptures are closed and we won’t receive any type of revelation or vision beyond the Word that He has graciously given us. However he gives us Gospel visions for our specific roles and responsibilities that we have on this earth. He gives us Gospel vision for our marriage/family, ministries, vocations and life. There are a lot of Christian books on the importance of casting vision but not a lot on receiving vision from God. I believe it’s very important that we hear Him speak before we lead out on our own personal motives and gifts. We won’t receive specific measurements but we need to be in God’s Word and communicating back to Him through prayer to hear from Him concerning our future and how God wants to use us. What type of vision is God giving you for the certain tasks He’s entrusted you with? Do they align with Scripture and CPC’s vision of evangelism and discipleship? How can we help you hear from God more in these areas of your life? Be encouraged that we worship and have a relationship with the same God that gave Ezekiel this vision of good news in the midst of hard times. He does the same with us in the good news of the Gospel and he doesn’t just leave us where we are at.
Posted by: Erik Koliser