We started talking in the last post about Ezekiel and the encounters he had with God. We talked about how God called him to do some pretty crazy things – read Ezekiel 1-4 if you want to get a picture of his calling and just a small taste of the crazy things he was called to do. He was called to do these crazy things by God when he realized his dream of going home (he was in exile) was not going to happen. God gave Ezekiel a fresh dream and a fresh vision of what he was to do.
Now if you have read Ezekiel 1 you have will have seen a vision that was pretty crazy. We can learn I be something from this. He is what I think we can take away from this: we do not and will not understand all that we see and experience in an encounter with God. Then to go with that just because we don’t understand everything about our encounter with God, doesn’t mean there is no interpretation to the events. Ezekiel saw many wild things in his visions from God. He saw a whirlwind, four angels, wings flapping, glowing clouds, a vast crystal atmosphere, and a wheel within a wheel. Scholars throughout the years have not agreed on what the various things mean.
In his encounter with God, Ezekiel probably understood very little but he did understand the most important thing. What is this most important thing? He understood that he was talking with God and he needed to be obedient to what God called him to do. Ezekiel did not understand all that was happening, but he did understand this – it is all God and Ezekiel’s job was to be obedient to what God was calling and asking him to do. The same is true for us – we might not understand all that happens when we encounter God in a mighty way but we need to understand that it all about God and us being obedient to Him. Ezekiel was called by God to do some pretty crazy things that I am sure he did not understand but regardless he pushed forward in obedience.
Here is the connection for each of us; God might call us to do some pretty crazy things – things that do not make sense in worldly wisdom – but we need to follow through and be obedient to what God is asking because His ways are always right. God has a plan for you and you must trust and obey him to see them come to life – even when those things seem crazy to everyone else. I am reminded of this: Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
What is the craziest thing to date that God has called you do to this point in your life?