Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 24, 26, & 28 – And God said . . .
Take a few moments and read the 4th chapter of Ezekiel. Here’s Ezekiel’s assignment from the Lord. Lay on your left side for 390 days, one day for each year of Israel’s backsliding, and prophesy to a few tiles that represent Israel. Immediately afterward, turn to your right side and do the same to another pile of tiles for 40 days; one day for each day of Judah’s backsliding. And while you’re doing all this, live on bread and water at the rate prescribed by the Lord; bread from a prescribed recipe, meat or fruit as designated, and about a quart of water (1/6 of an hin) a day. All this for 430 straight days. What would be going through your mind if you were tasked with such an order. I can tell you for a certainty, one of the first thoughts going through my mind would be, “You talking to me?”
And yet, this is the word of the Lord to Ezekiel as a prophet of God to the people of Israel and Judah. I can only imagine the kind of thoughts that must have flooded through Ezekiel’s mind. Imagine! 430 days, one after the other, with no vacation or break during the interim. Regardless of the heat, cold, rain, searing sun, windstorms, or even hail or snow, 430 days. Regardless of how ridiculous it may seem to passers-by, or tradesmen who may do business there each day, 430 days. Regardless of feast days, holy days, and the potential harsh judgment of religious men, 430 days. Can you imagine the things that may have been said to Ezekiel; the taunts, the insults, the aspersions? Still, 430 days.
What has the Lord called upon you to do. Will you obey? It makes no difference if it is for 430 seconds, 430 minutes, 430 hours, 430 days, 430 weeks, or 430 months (that’s 35 years, 10 months). The question is this; If God commands it, will you obey, and that, willingly? Always remember, that Father sent Jesus Who was tempted, tested, and tried in all points, even as you and I are tempted, tested, and tried, so He could demonstrate to us that through Christ “all things are possible to him that believeth.” Dear one, if God said it, that settles it. You need no further confirmation. I am reminded of the words of Oral Roberts to a younger Kenneth Copeland at one point. Brother Roberts asked the much younger Copeland if he would like to know the secret of success in ministry. Kenneth Copeland immediately responded that he would. Oral Roberts said this. “Get the mind of God. Never confer again with flesh and blood. Get the job done at any cost.” Hear those words being spoken to you today, and YES, He’s talking to you.
Manna for Today – Genesis 1; Psalm 119:89; Proverbs 4:20-23; Mark 11:22-26; Romans 3:4