Trusting and believing in God?

‘As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.’ Ezekiel 2v 2

In the New Living Translation,  verses 1 and 2 of Ezekiel 2 are phrased in this way:

‘”Stand up, son on man” said the voice. “I want to talk with you,” The Spirit came into me as he spoke, and he set me on my feet (as) I listened carefully to his words.’

In these verses, it is clearly God’s voice that calls and commissions Ezekiel. Indeed, no sooner does Ezeliel hear the voice then he is aware of God’s Spirit enlivening him to rise to his feet. Actually, what I love about this particular translation is the intimacy between God and Ezekiel in His words “Stand up, son on man. I want to talk with you.”

Surely this is a verse we should all hold on to in the midst of our fraught lives and busy days?  God knows our weariness: He is aware of our mistakes: those things that haunt us; the ways we have failed him now and will continue to fail him in the future; and our lack of strength to even rise before our Maker. And yet, God is always ready to meet and recommission us to do his bidding in the world. Such is the personal and active God we worship and His gentle way with those who believe and are receptive to God!


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