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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I had been commanded.
Earlier in the chapter, the Lord told Ezekiel that he was about to receive the heaviest blow in all his life. His beloved wife would die. He then told the prophet that he was not to cry or mourn or eat the food of mourners. Shortly after, in this passage, we are told how that very thing happened to Ezekiel.
As you read the Old Testament, and certainly the New Testament, you will quickly see that “Real Prophets Can Handle The Blows.” None of these biblical prophets had it easy in any way. Yet they were willing to live in strict obedience to the directives of their God. Some were beaten, cursed, scourged, and many died for their faith. Some around the world today still suffer the same kind of treatment. Those of us who have lived our faith under seemingly “Easy Terms” must never forget that those who would walk the life of a prophet will receive “BLOWS” in their life one way or another. The question is not, “Why does God let this happen?” Instead, the question should be, “Real Prophets Can Handle The Blows, can you and I?”
Help me to never aspire to the life of a prophet if I am unwilling to handle the “BLOWS.” Only with my eyes continually on You can I make any attempt to follow Your commands. Amen