“Intention” is a deceptive word. You can intend to buy your wife flowers, but since it never materialized into actual flowers it does not count. You can intend to spend time with your kids, but if it never materializes then it is a failure. “It’s the thought that counts,” does not work either…unless you are speaking of God’s ways.
With God, an intention is everything because God does not hold anything back. When He says He will do a thing, it is as good as done. His thoughts do count! Ezekiel’s prophecies were confirmed with the messenger in Ezekiel 33. This gave credibility to his future prophecy of Israel’s future. God would restore their spirit and recreate their heart so they will be fully devoted to their God. Did you know there is one thing in all Scripture God does with His heart and soul? “Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul” (Jeremiah 32:41). When God is at work, there is no resource unavailable to Him. Nothing can restrain His intention or impeded his determination. He will make all things new (Revelation 21:5)!
Maybe reading Ezekiel 40-41 made you yawn a bit. Maybe you did not get invigorated by the measurements of the posts, doors, and arches. Think about it this way. Growing up, we had one home built. It was a cookie-cutter home, but you were able to pick some customizations. I still remember stopping by the house to watch the progress. Little by little, you could see the house take shape. Every piece was a notification you were going to move in soon! The Jews’ “home” was destroyed because of their rebellion, but God is showing them the blueprints of what He will do. His intention is so powerful, they can count down the signs of the times as every day brings them closer to God’s predicted reality.
You can have the same confidence in God because His intention is your confidence. He has promised the hope of eternal life and He cannot lie (Titus 1:2). Salvation is not something you will enjoy one day. Your salvation enables you to “walk in newness of life” now (Romans 6:4). God will not “one day” be your Divine Hero, He is already working out things for your good (Romans 8:28) with his possessive love (Romans 8:31, 35-39) and his powerful presence (1 John 4:4). What galvanizes your hope and secures your future? “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). The only thing holding you back from the enjoying the power and blessing of God’s intention is your faith. Without it, you cannot please God.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:1, 6)