Vs. 1, “He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” I find this an interesting observation: God came to Ezekiel on His own volition. What I mean by this, is that we are not told Ezekiel went up to a mountain and fasted for days upon days to get a vision from God. I’m not saying that it isn’t wrong to be assertive and seek after God, but sometimes…we just can’t force it. God will speak to us when HE chooses, not when we pray and seemingly demand for it. My heart goes out to Ezekiel because what God is asking of him is a monumental task of gargantuan proportions. He was to speak to a group that would not listen. Their hearts were hardened so much that, they are in exile because of it and yet…many still would not respond. Seriously…who wants to do something that isn’t going to be easy and people won’t care about what you say?
Regarding application…What is Success? Vs. 5, “And whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them.” Question: How do you measure success in the Christian sense? When it comes to churches, we fall into the same trap of the world…we look at the numbers. A big church is supposed to be a more successful church. Brothers & sisters…this is a lie direct from the enemy himself. Like Jeremiah…Ezekiel was already told that his ministry would not bring much success from a worldy vantage point. However good or even not so good a Pastor/Youth Pastor may be in sharing the Word and presenting the Gospel…it is not a human thing…it is a Holy Spirit thing. I have seen on numerous occassions times I have preached a wonderful message and many students look with blank faces. There have been also times that I have spoke a very simple message and I see hearts turning to God. But either way…it is not the speaker, but it is the hearts of those who respond. Good preaching, teaching, doctrine all have their place…but no matter what size a church is, is not determined by successs or failure. It’s not how much you accomplish, it’s what you do with what you have that brings glory to God!