|Jonah spent a lot of time trying to get away from God’s presence. It wasn’t that he didn’t love God… he just didn’t want to do what God told him to.|
God’s Message came to me: “Son of man, I’m about to take from you the delight of your life—a real blow, I know. But, please, no tears. Keep your grief to yourself. No public mourning. Get dressed as usual and go about your work—none of the usual funeral rituals.”I preached to the people in the morning. That evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I’d been told. (Ezekiel 24:15-17, MSG)
And every time I read it, I ask myself these questions. Do I have that kind of obedience in me? Why/ why not? Why do I prolong my personal pain by neglecting God’s words to me?
And then I pray something like this.
Prayer – Lord God, Father of the entire universe, oh Lord God, help me to be as obedient as Ezekiel… because I want to serve you wholeheartedly, more than anything in the world. Help me to live that way, dear God. For Christ, who did. Amen
What would have happened if any one of the participants—Mary, Joseph, innkeeper, angels, shepherds, and wise men—had disobeyed? What happens when we disobey now?