And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day. The descendants also are impudent and stubborn.
Imagine you are part of a friendship. This friend is dear to you. You share a bond unlike any other you know or love. Over the years you grow close, sharing big life moments with one another. One day, this friend cancels the plans you have created. No big deal, right? There’s friendship grace for that. Then it happens again and again and again. Though your friend earnestly tries to convince you that this is the last time, you are left feeling, over and over again that this is a one way friendship. Consider how hard it would be to have grace. Consider how tempting it would be to just completely cut ties. Now consider our God. Oh, my friends, His grace has lasted eons. He has sought His people when they turn from Him and never look back. He sent His Son to open the doors of grace beyond His people. He is the epitome of patience and also of justice. He is the One who steadfastly loves us and who hasn’t stopped reaching out for us, drawing in–even when we turn from Him. Let’s sink into His word and stop choosing everything over time with Him. Let’s begin praying that our turning heads would be brought toward His shining face. That though we are made of flesh, we would run toward Him with open arms and open hearts.
Lord, thank you for sending prophets like Ezekiel to draw your people in. Thank you for sending Jesus to die for us. Thank you for sending your Spirit to seek us even now. Help me to steadfastily love you as you steadfastly and graciously seek after me.
52 Week Reading Plan: Ezekiel 1-6