Surprising Reality of God
Majestic God, the wonder of who You are is so far beyond all we could begin to take in. We bow low and worship You.
Read Ezekiel 1:1-28
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“Immortal, invisible, God only wise. In light inaccessible hid from our eyes. . . O help us to see, ‘tis only the splendour of light hideth thee” (William Chalmers Smith). God is more than we can comprehend.
Jesus told Thomas that those who believe without seeing are blessed (John 20:29), but there are some occasions in life when for one reason or another it is hard to keep faith without extra reassurance of God’s presence. For us it may be a health or a family crisis, or the ongoing pressures of a disintegrating society. Ezekiel’s situation is summed up in verse 1. He was “among the exiles” and he was in his “thirtieth year.” Priests began their full ministry at 30 but for Ezekiel that door was closed. He couldn’t do what he had been trained from birth to do and that fact must have been hitting home at that time. At the same time he was dealing with all the disappointment, frustration and anger that he and his fellow exiles felt about their situation. Why had this happened to them! It wasn’t fair! Later on Ezekiel was given the difficult task of explaining to his fellow exiles exactly why it had happened and why in fact it was very fair. They had to take responsibility for their own actions and not blame either other people or God.
In order to prepare him for this task Ezekiel is given a vision of the heavens. He was a very creative person and this dramatic picture well-suited his artistic temperament. It is interesting to note how often in Scripture God speaks in ways that take account of the one spoken to. What counts here is less the details of the picture and more the fact that it enabled Ezekiel to understand that God was as real, as powerful and as active by the river Kebar in Babylon as by the river Jordan in Israel.
You may not receive a vision when discouraged, but read Ezekiel’s vision and reflect that, whether you sense it or not, God is present, powerful and active in your situation.
God, I want to see You. I believe You desire to reveal Yourself to me. Help me to be expectant and to have eyes that are open to see Your unique revelation to me.
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