June 29

Ezekiel 2:3-5

“The descendants are impudent and stubborn. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’” vs. 4

Ezekiel’s call was to be a prophet to the rebellious nation of Israel and he believed that he spoke for God as he addressed them. He wouldn’t be just expressing his opinions in his sermons, he would be the voice of God! That’s an audacious claim, and we can be fairly confident that many refused to listen. That’s what happens when prophets come among us with their claims to speak for God. We’re by nature skeptical–and that’s a good thing. Most of those preachers and evangelists are just spouting their own opinions, and we’re better off to ignore them, and not give them the time of day. The problem is that not all of them are charlatans, and if we close our ears to them all, we run the risk of missing the voice of God. So how can we tell when a person is authentic? The surest way is to apply the Jesus test–is what we’re hearing in line with the message of grace and truth that came with the Incarnate Word. If it is, we’d be wise to pay attention. God does still speak to us through people, and we do need to be called from our stubborn and rebellious ways. So when we hear a jarring word, whether it’s from the pulpit or our spouse, it’s always a time for reflection. 

Thought for the Day: When have I heard the word of the Lord?

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