Ezekiel 33:7 Be The Watchman

Two guards watching

Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. Ezekiel 33:7 

The watchman is the person who stands out ahead, closer to the enemy territory, to give warning of anyone who is coming. He is a type of a guard for those being guarded. They are to watch for any activity that is occurring that may have an effect upon those being guarded.

In order to be a good watchman, the person must stay alert and be watching. Then he must be quick about warning what is going to happen, giving the people a chance to react to the situation.

God calls Ezekiel a watchman and charges him to speak whatever God tells him to say. Ezekiel is to give the people a warning.

Being a watchman for God is not some light and easy task. It takes effort to listen to what God is saying. It is having a discerning heart to know what is really going on. It also takes strength and bravery to speak out when danger is on the way.

In the spiritual realm, the danger is often not seen as a physical danger. It is often a danger of the heart and soul. The greatest event to come is when Jesus returns to judge the world and the heart and soul of every person.

Every believer has been charged to be a watchman, a witness, for God. They must warn the people of the coming judgement and the path to death that they are on.

The world cannot see the danger that they are in, because they do not have discerning eyes or ears. They cannot hear the word of God. It is the responsibility of the believer to warn them and let them know.

As a believer you know what is going to happen some day. You can see how the world is living in sin and headed down a path to destruction. You can also hear God’s word to the world today.

It is your responsibility to warn the people. Jesus has charged you to be His witness to all of the world. It is not your responsibility as to how the world reacts to God’s word, but you must share it with them.

Do not be afraid to speak God’s word. Allow God to reveal to you what must be said and to whom it must be said. Be God’s watchman today.

I pray today that you will know God’s word in your heart; that God will reveal to you what is to come; that you will warn the people of what God is going to do; and that you will be God’s witness to all people. 

Ezekiel 3:18 Accountability In Warning

Dead end sign

When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood. Ezekiel 3:18 

Warnings are found everyone and on everything. The government has required that companies give all types of warnings for nearly every possible situation that could occur negatively.

When there is no warning and something bad occurs, the company can be held reliable for the bad situation and be made to pay for it. These warnings must include every thing, regardless of how simple or complex it is, or whether it is common sense or not.

God told Ezekiel that he would have to go and speak to the people whether they would listen or not. If he was told to warn them about their sin and he did not do so, he would be held accountable for their death in sin, because he did not give the warning.

God still gives people warnings. As Jesus left the earth, He charged the disciples, and all believers, to be a witness. They were to bring the gospel news to every person. This gospel message would be that they were dying in sin and needed to repent and turn to God, believing in Jesus for their salvation.

This message is a warning. Every believer is still held accountable for when they obey that commission or do not obey it. If they do not bring the gospel message to a person, when given the opportunity, they will be held accountable for that person’s death in sin.

Doors to be a witness will be opened every day by God for every believer. Each one must be willing to do his part, whether the people will listen or not. Every person needs an opportunity to choose to accept or reject Jesus.

You have also been given the same mission to be a witness for Jesus to the lost. As God opens a window of opportunity to be His witness, you must take it. Do not allow the opportunity to pass. If you do, that person’s death in sin will be on your head. God will hold you accountable for not being His witness.

Be willing to talk about Jesus to everyone you meet. Do not allow yourself to become accountable for the death of a soul, because you chose not to speak.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal opportunities to be His witness; that God will give you His boldness to be a witness; and that you will speak God’s word to everyone you meet.

Jeremiah 42:6 Obey The Lord’s Word

Brown and black dog

Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the Lord our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the Lord our God. Jeremiah 42:6 

When asking for guidance and direction, people want to only hear good news. Very rarely is a person willing to hear something negative, something that they have to change or stop doing.

As a person hears most guidance, they will pick and choose what they want to obey or do and what they do not want to do. It is all about comfort and self as to what they will be willing to do, often disregarding the advice given.

After the city of Jerusalem had fallen and the people were taken into captivity, some of the officials approached Jeremiah. They wanted to know what God’s directions were for them. They requested that he find out and let them know and they would obey it.

Every week people go to church to hear a pastor preach a sermon. They go expecting to hear a word from God that the minister has heard and is passing on. They hear the word, but then do nothing with it.

Many will think that the given word is not really for them and that it is best for their neighbor. Or they get angry with the preacher because it is a negative word telling them to stop something or change something.

Reading and hearing God’s word is good, but it is not enough. One must also apply it and obey it. God has given all of His word to guide and direct the steps of those who follow Him. Sometimes that word will be a negative word to turn a person from sin. Other times it will be a positive word encouraging the believer. Regardless all of it must be heeded.

Each time you hear God’s word or read it, you have a choice to be made. You have to choose whether you will obey it or ignore it. There are consequences of both actions.

If you choose to ignore it and not obey God’s word, then why did you listen or read it?

Choose today who you will serve, self or God? If it is God, then listen to and obey His word, whether it is a favorable or unfavorable word. God will only give you what is best for you and nothing more or less.

I pray today that you will hear and know God’s word to you; that you will obey what God tells you; that you will serve God with all of your heart; and that you will trust God’s word to you.