The reading for today is from Ezekiel 43:4-5.
“As the glory of the LORD entered the temple by the gate facing east, 5 the spirit lifted me up, and brought me into the inner court; and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.”
I do not envy any of the prophets. Do not get me wrong, I think having such a close interaction and dialogue with God is wonderful, but the rest of the job was horrible. Most of the time, the prophets were the ones who are either 1) telling you how bad you have been screwing up or 2) telling you things will get better in some cryptic way.
Here we have Ezekiel experiencing the return of God to the temple, filling it up with His Glory. The people have turned away from God but as always, our persistent, ever-loving God calls His people back to Him. He desires to live amongst them and to fill their lives. But they have to turn away from their sins. The children need to give up the idols that have blinded them to the love of God.
God loves His children so much that He will not turn from then and He will fiercely seek to pull them back to Him. I think this is an amazing part of the Old Testament that gets overshadowed with debates on rules or the evilness of this person and that person. God is relentless in His pursuit of His children. He never stops. Ever.
Loving Father, Please keep pursuing Your children. We need You in all things and in all places. Amen
Chad Ryberg firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: May we hear the prophets of this age