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Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Ezekiel 3 : 1 -27

“Then go to the people of your nation who are in exile and tell them what I, the Sovereign LORD, am saying to them, whether they pay attention to you or not." Then God's spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me the loud roar of a voice that said, "Praise the glory of the LORD in heaven above!"’ (Ezekiel 3:11-12)

Ezekiel is given the tough task of bringing God’s word to a people who were stubborn in heart and impenitent. We cannot love and serve God with total disregard for the God of his word. When we take up the desire and passion to serve God through His word, we must always consider the fact that He (GOD) has set us aside for this purpose, and as a result we are serving under His command and not ours.

God told Ezekiel that the people wouldn’t listen: “But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted.” (vs7). Yet he was to go to them. It doesn’t matter whether all people gave us their attention or not, what matters most is our willingness to listen to God’s command and obey the instructions that accomplishes His desire and purpose for humanity. Before we come across any person upon the face of the earth while in our duty and service for Him, God knew well beforehand what their problems are and how their responses to his words and instructions would be. This is why He always prepares His servants before sending them out for mission with firm instructions about who and what they will meet on the ground.  God knows exactly what is on ground in all places before we are sent there. Verses 6-10 throws more light on how much the Lord knew His people’s attitude and character before sending His servant to them.

Serving at the Master’s command may sometimes appear to be difficult and challenging—especially when His voice tells us to leave our comfort zones to go to places and face hard and uncomfortable conditions.  We must always bear one thing in mind, that No condition or atmosphere is unfavorable for God- He owns everything including us. (Psalm 24:1) He can never send us to places where He has not been. It doesn’t matter what the people may appear to look like in our perspective— one thing that is always sure, is that the Lord has already been there and knows what’s in their hearts. Our duty is to commit His words into their ears and hearts at the Master’s command.

We must always bear in mind that when we are at the Master’s service, He is always there with us, helping us to bring to fulfillment the accomplished purpose of His desires for humanity. He is always happy when His instructions are carried as planned; but will frowns at gross neglect of His instructions and disregard for his commands. As our commander and King, He is more than able and equipped to see us through in everything for the glory of His name. May we be willing to serve Him even in the tough tasks He assigns knowing His presence is with us.

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me:….”(Ezekiel 3:17)

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