Ezekiel 22 – 24 “Who is Lord of your life?”
People are waiting for the movie Downton Abbey to be released. People already have purchased tickets and are counting down the days. Why are people drawn to this fictitious story? One reason may be that one character, the stuffy butler, captures our heart. Like in feudal times the butler understood his role as servant and he obeyed. In the NT Peter has a vision in which he is told to rise up and kill but he responded: “Surely not, Lord!” How often are we like Peter and not like the butler when we say “but Lord?” or “why me Lord.” Could it be that we don’t understand our role as a servant?
The Lord prepared Ezekiel for the death of his wife. He told him:
“I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you with a jolt, but you must not mourn or weep or shed tears.”
And it happened just as the Lord had said; in the evening his wife died and Ezekiel did just as the Lord commanded. Ezekiel did not question: “but why Lord?” or as Peter said, “Surely not, Lord!” Ezekiel, like the stuffy butler, obeyed without question because he knew his position as servant and he trusted the Lord to take care of the details.
How about us? Do we trust God enough to be obedient even when we don’t understand the reasons behind his request?
Who is Lord of your life?