Is it easy for you to complain at the drop of a hat?
Sometimes I wonder how some of the Old Testament prophets did not complain more about the things God asked them to perform.
Take Ezekiel for instance. God instructed him to lie on his left side for 390 days. That is a year and a month. This was to represent that Israel would be in captivity 390 years for their rebellion and unbelief. Then the prophet was to turn over and lie on his right side for 40 days, each day representing a year that Judah would be punished.
During this process Ezekiel was paralyzed by God so he could not move from one side to the other until he had completed the days of this illustration. He was allowed to eat only one meal a day consisting of eight ounces of flour mixed from wheat, barley, lentils, beans and spelt, and use one quart of water each day. Wow!
On top of all this, he was to shave his head and beard to demonstrate as an object lesson how the people were going to be destroyed for their evil ways.
The shame that was involved in lying there on a bed in front of all the people for over a year and shave off your hair in those days was very disgraceful for a man. Yet…Ezekiel obeyed.
Are you not glad that God does not operate that way anymore? Those things happened in the Old Testament as signs of warning. Now God warns us through His servants, His Word and through circumstances, like allowing us to go through deep waters such as tragic occurrences in the world.
His desire is to shower us with grace, forgiveness and love that cannot even be measured, simply because He loves us, wants to “hang out” with us and release His giftings in us.
After reading about Ezekiel’s experiences, I felt convicted of how easily I complain when things get difficult and had to humble myself before my God Who is always so abundantly good to me.
When the Jewish nation complained to God and Moses, He sent fiery serpents among them to destroy them. Whining is very destructive to our spirits and we will end up in a ditch of muck, or worse yet…we could be destroyed by the enemy if we continue in this pattern of discontentment.
We have a picture here of a destructive grasshopper that destroys the beautiful leaves of a plant. If we allow the enemy to sow seeds of dissention and complaining, we may end up rendered useless by being eaten up like this leaf.
I hear Jesus say: “When you trust and rejoice in Me I will protect you from the onslaughts of the enemy and cause you to blossom and bring forth much fruit. You will be able to have peace in the midst of chaos and rest in your storm. Do not allow yourself to be influenced by people who can pull you into a negative thinking pattern. You have My mind, and My mind is nothing but encouraging, good and proper; and as I am, so are you. Receive all I have for you in your mind, heart and spirit, and you will be protected.”
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This devotional book has 52 short chapters and 176 pages. Each chapter starts with a question, has a biblical background scripture that is appropriate for the title of the chapter and then discusses the answer to that query through the eyes of the author’s vision of God. The chapter ends with a prophetic word from Jesus’ heart saying “I hear Jesus say…” Every chapter ends with a drawing by the author or an inspired artist who knows Jesus intimately.
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