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Ezekiel’s Inaugural Vision
In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin— the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians. (NIV)
Was this great prophet much different than you or I? In some ways yes, in many ways no. If you are truly seeking God’s heart, if you have really “gotten over yourself” and are looking with open eyes you will be able to perceive the “heavens opened” as it were when you open the scriptures whether in your mind having “hidden them in your heart” (Psalm 119:11) or if you are merely sitting outside somewhere with a Bible in your hands quietly and calmly talking to your Lord. The ways in which Ezekiel stands out, along with the other prophets of Scripture is his willingness to act upon what he heard from God in those moments when he was quietly receiving what we would call input from the Maker of Heaven and Earth.
Every day as we pray and read the Scriptures, we are challenged to answer the question; “How then shall we live?” (See Chuck Colson, www.amazon.com/How-Now-Shall-We-Live-ebook/dp/B007V695XO) So, how about it? What shall we do with the great love and calling we all have received?