Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (359 words)
Ezekiel 1:1 (ESV): "In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the exiles by the Chebar canal, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God."
Circumstances are used by God in our lives for various reasons, one of which is to heighten or renew our spiritual acuity. We are far more open to see and hear God when we are in despair.
The opening verse to the book of Ezekiel strikes me as interesting. Here we have Ezekiel the prophet exiled to Babylon at the age of twenty-five. Coming from the home of a priest he would have started his training as such at the age of twenty. It's now five years into captivity and behold the Lord gives Ezekiel a series of visions. It wasn't that Ezekiel couldn't see before but more so that the Lord was going to use him specifically for seventy years in Babylon to reveal His mystery and majesty to the people of Israel who were spiritually dull.
Isn't it interesting that we are all eyes and ears when things go awry in life? Difficulties are meant to draw us deeper and more intimate with God and they give God a platform to be glorified. Our hearts can so easily become dull to the voice of God and blurred to His signs and warnings that sometimes we need a douse of cold water to wake us up. Our spiritual acuity doesn't have to come this way folks! The key is keeping your heart sensitive to Him. That comes by making Him the priority of your life. Save yourself some heartache and pour yourself into God. You will not regret it.
Father, we thank You for Your relentless pursuit of us. Forgive us for not making You the priority of our lives at times. Help us to seek intimacy daily with You. To make our aim in life to please You. You are worthy of a million lifetimes of loving and serving You. Make and keep us sold out to You we pray in Jesus name, amen!