Most days when I get home from work I, more often than not, am met by four wonderful people; my wife and three kids. I absolutely love coming home and having my kids run up to me with hugs and kisses and tell me about their day. Both of my boys love to talk and tell me what new things happened that day around the farm. It’s awesome to see the excitement on their faces when they tell me about a calf being born or some of the wildlife they came across that day. It’s usually a good 15 to 20 minutes after I get home until my wife is able to get a word in. Unfortunately by that time, my listening ears are turned off. There’s not much of what she says I retain and it’s something I really have to work on and I know that I’m not the only guy out there that has had his wife say to him, “I’ve told you three times already…” I fear, and I know from experience, that it can also be the same for God. Often He is trying to tell us something but we choose to ignore what He wants us to do for him.
In Ezekiel chapters 7-12, we see 23 times “the word of the Lord came to me,” “fell upon me,” or brought Ezekiel somewhere. Twenty-Three times in six verses. Wow. How many of these twenty-three times did Ezekiel ignore what God put on his heart? Not one single time. Ezekiel went, did and said as the Lord had commanded him. Imagine if at one point he didn’t choose to write down what God had wanted. We would be missing a very important piece of God’s Word. But God, knowing Ezekiel’s heart, knew He could depend on him to write as He commanded.
So fellow sisters and brothers in Christ, do we ignore God like we ignore the people we love? When we start doing, or listening to, what God has put on our hearts by the way of the Holy Spirit, not only will our love for God, and what He wants for our lives become stronger and more steadfast. I’m also sure our love and listening skills towards one another will grow as well.