Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 4th, 2019

Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe. And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.”

Ezekiel 2:9-3:1 (NIV)

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Devouring the Word

There are many foods that Canadians love to devour. The people who own the Eatery app studied their 8 million global users and determined the foods that Canadians eat more than any other nationality. They include things like raspberries, waffles (loaded with maple syrup no doubt), stew (perfect for a cold Canadian winter) and muffins. When it comes to grains, we eat more flax and quinoa than any other country.

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One of the most interesting calls to ministry is found in the call of Ezekiel the prophet. It is also a powerful object lesson about how we are to allow the word of God to consume our lives. We read about it in Ezekiel 2:9-3:1: “Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe. And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.” The message that Ezekiel was called to give would not be easy – it was to be one of lament and mourning and woe. The prophet had to be assured that it was truly God who was speaking through him. He testifies in the second verse of the second chapter that the Spirit came into him – Ezekiel knew that what he was to speak was because of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. But to drive the point home, God tells Ezekiel to literally eat the word of God. What a powerful lesson for us. When was the last time you devoured God’s word, allowing it to fill your heart and mind?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley