Lord I believe, help my unbelief.
"Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."
Monday, November 16, 2009
"Because God has us in mind..."
I was reading in Ezekiel and Hebrews this morning and was reminded of three things. The first:
God loves to get our attention. Case in point ::
"He said to me, Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat the scroll." Ezekiel 3:1-2 I feel like, this is the perfect example of God asking us to do the ridiculous in order to catch someones attention. After this He asks Ezekiel to of course, lay on his side and be a living testimony of sin, cooking his food on human poop. If this sight doesn't catch your attention... well... you must have seen a lot of crazy things in your day.
Our God is an interactive God. When He asked Ezekiel to cook his food over human poop, Ezekiel was like, "um...the thing is... maybe there's a different option?"
God listened to Ezekiel and responded. Ezekiel spoke. He listened. He responded. He moved. This should be the pattern of our life. We speak, God listens, He speaks, we listen, He moves. Time and time again, this is the pattern of men and women in the Bible. God desires interaction, reciprocation. It's the typical Social Exchange Theory.
God has us in mind. The whole situation involving Ezekiel is in place, because He has in mind, He's trying to get our attention, He's thinking of us. In Hebrews 11 it talks about Isaac thinking of his children's future and blessing it, Jacob thinking of his grandchildren's future and blessing them, Moses' parents hiding him-thinking of his future, Moses refusing to be the son of Egypt-thinking of his people's future, God parting the Red Sea-thinking of his children's future.... and on and on and on. God has us in mind. He has our future in mind.
Our attention captivator, interactive, forward thinking God. Help us to listen, respond, and act.
Thank You Lord, for getting our attention, dialoging, and caring for us as your children.