This morning I was reading in the book of Ezekiel. Have you ever read it? Ezekiel is a priest who has been “relocated” by the Babylonians to ancient Persia. While he’s there with the others who have been moved there with him, he gets a call. The Lord calls him to be a prophet, but not just an ordinary one. Ezekiel is given out-of-the-ordinary visions and demonstrations of God’s messages to His people. Some people stop reading the book near the beginning; it just seems too fantastic to relate to modern day life.
It’s really a very practical book. For example, I was reading Chapter 18 today, which reveals God’s heart regarding repentance. Verse 31 says “Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel? ‘For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,’ says the Lord God. ‘Therefore, turn and live!’ “ That was directed toward His people, Israel. And what does that say to us? Examine our lives and hearts. Turn away from what’s wrong. And let that be a process that continues in you indefinitely! The Lord doesn’t want death and trouble to be our lot. Repentance is meant to be a long term part of our walk with God. And when we do, He renews our lives. PBIf you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!