Whether they listen or fail to listen—for they are a rebellious people—they will know that a prophet has been among them. (Ezek. 2:5)
Expanded Passage: Ezekiel 2:1-5
In the military, one abides by the authority of a commanding officer. Even if you think he’s making the wrong call, it’s your duty to follow through. Commanding officers usually have more wisdom, experience, and expertise to guide them in knowing what the right move is.
As Christians, we are sometimes called to do something that feels nonsensical. God told Ezekiel to speak to the Israelites. Ezekiel may have wondered how his voice could possibly make an impact. God already knew these lingering thoughts would appear, so he reassured him this was, in fact, the task.
Even if they didn’t listen, God said, “they will know that a prophet has been among them.” God expected them not to listen, but he told Ezekiel the work was still needed. There was a greater purpose behind the message to the Israelites, a bigger story in place than Ezekiel himself could see at this moment in exile.
That is the way our lives are, as well. We don’t have access to the eternal storyboard that God’s already built. Our minds and perspectives are so finite, so tiny, that we could never fully grasp all the work God is doing in context. When God calls you to something that doesn’t make sense, you can know he’s got a bigger plan in mind than the one you can see right now.
Believe in God’s bigger story for your life.
Ericka Andersen is a member of Waterline Church in Fishers, Ind.. She’s a wife and mom to two and enjoys writing, podcasting, running, and country music.
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