Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!'” Ezekiel 37:4
People like to talk and people like to be heard. However, there is a difference between listening to and being heard. With so much talking going on with so many different people and things, there is often too much noise to really hear what one is saying.
Along with all the noise, people are too busy to stop and really listen and hear what someone else is saying. People pass in a store asking how a person is doing, but rarely stop to hear how the person is really doing. The answer often falls upon deaf ears.
God told Ezekiel to prophesy to some dead bones lying on the ground. Those bones were to hear the word of God, whatever that was.
God is still in the speaking business. He wants to tell the world something and most are too busy to listen. They are dead in their ways of doing things and refusing to take a moment to listen. Their ears are as though they are dead men, hearing nothing.
Being stuck in sinful ways is to be a living dead person. One is dead to what God is saying. This can even occur within the church. Every week millions of people go to church, but never really hear what is being said. They do not act upon what God’s word tells them to do, not do and what to be like.
Just as with the bones in the valley with Ezekiel, believers need to wake up and hear the word of God. God was telling those bones to come to life, and God is telling people to come to life today. Every believer is to put off all sin and live the life Jesus is giving them.
You can ask yourself how well are you listening to God’s word. By this, are you doing what God’s word says to you? Or are you staying dead and not hearing what He is saying?
Jesus came to give you life and life abundantly. However, for you to enjoy that abundant life, you must accept what God has for you. In other words, you must listen to what God tells you and act upon it. Serve God with your whole life, not just a part. Really live for God and not be dead bones anymore.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be alive to God; that you will hear God’s word; that you will act upon God’s word; and that obey God’s every word to you.
He said to me, “So of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” Ezekiel 2:1
Getting to be able to talk someone in a very high position is often very difficult to impossible. Those in a very high position of authority are often too busy to be able or willing to talk to someone who is not really all that important. The average person does not carry enough importance for high level authority to take time to listen to. He has more ‘important’ things to tend to.
Most people will not even attempt to speak to someone in great authority. Others will do drastic things (such as riots, or picketing) to catch the attention of the leaders.
Ezekiel had a vision of God and had fallen down in fear and being overwhelmed. God immediately tells him to get up and that He will talk with him. Ezekiel was no one special at this point, yet, the God of the universe was willing and ready to talk with him.
There are many people, even in the church, who do not think that God is willing to talk with them. They are nobodies, so why would God talk to them?
God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He wants to talk to people. God is ready to share what is on His mind, what is doing and is planning to do. And just like some people, He is willing to talk to whoever is willing to listen.
One of the awesome things about God is that He is able to talk to anyone and everyone all at the same time. Unlike people in authority today, they are limited to their time and space to be able to talk to people. There is no way a human can to talk to everyone at the same time, but God can.
You may feel as if you are unimportant to God, but that is not true. God sent Jesus to die for you, so you have high importance to Him. God wants to talk to you every day.
God has something to say to you, but you must be willing to listen and hear what He has to say. Tune out the things and cares of this world and begin listening to what God has to tell you.
Hear what God is saying through the scriptures and by His Holy Spirit. Stand up today and begin listening to God.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be willing to listen to God’s voice in your life; that you will stop to hear what God has to tell you; and that you will obey God’s word to you.