Day 29

Ezekiel As the Lord’s Messenger

from the Ezekiel: Come to Life (Lent 2022) reading plan

Ezekiel 33:1-33, Romans 5:1-5, Ephesians 4:11-16

BY Patti Sauls

On the side of our refrigerator you’ll find a handy magnetic notepad. Getting low on milk? Need some apples? Out of toilet paper? Put them on the list. College students coming home for the weekend? Put all the things on the list. Taking inventory is essential when it comes to figuring out what we have and what we’re missing. It may take some time, but it’s time well spent.

Lent invites us to take spiritual inventory. It invites us to ask God to reveal what we have and what we’re missing. Am I regularly experiencing God’s guidance, strength, and comfort, or do I feel like I’m running on empty? How is God shaping my worldview, relationships, work, and habits? Where am I missing Him? Maybe we need to admit where we’ve wandered. Maybe we need to pause and listen to His call to return. 

In Ezekiel we see God’s people disoriented by disobedience. Their forced exile from home echoed their own willful exit from God and His ways. They had wandered far. In their anguish they cried, “Our transgressions and our sins are heavy on us, and we are wasting away because of them! How can we survive?” (Ezekiel 33:10). In desperation, they took inventory, confessed their sin, and cried out to the Lord. 

We have an opportunity right now to take inventory, to confess our wandering, and express our desire to return home. Maybe we’ll find ourselves crying out with the ancient exiles, “Oh God, my sin and unbelief are wearing me out. I’m lost and hopeless apart from you! How can I survive?”

God takes no pleasure in our pain, and He does not abandon us. Instead, He makes a way for us to turn away from our wanderings and return to Him. God takes “no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked person should turn from his way and live. Repent, repent of your evil ways!” (v.11). 

God gives what He commands: a way of repentance. How do we pivot toward this path of return? We begin by taking an honest inventory that includes resisting denial and recognizing where we’ve strayed. Then, we can confess our sin and our need for Jesus who paid the price for our unfaithfulness. We must take care not to turn in on ourselves, attempting to beat ourselves up or shape ourselves up. Instead, we rely on God’s provision of His Son, so that we can “have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). 

Will we accept this invitation to take spiritual inventory this Lenten season? If we do, we’ll find that it’s time well spent.

Jesus, I confess that I stray every day in my thoughts, words, and actions. I’m prone to wander. In Your mercy, stop me in my tracks and show me where I’m missing You in my life and in the world. Thank you for reminding me of all that I have in You, including Your guidance, strength, and comfort on the path back home. 

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41 thoughts on "Ezekiel As the Lord’s Messenger"

  1. Brandy Deruso says:

    God is my shield hallelujah!

  2. Suezi Gurzi says:

    This is a perfect analogy!

  3. Charmaine Wee says:

    God takes no pleasure in our pain and He does not abandon us. I needed to hear that today and reaffirm that truth in my heart. Thank you!

  4. Tonia says:

    Amen ❤️ This is the best place to be to stay connected with God and the SRT community.

  5. Terri Baldwin says:

    1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. – Romans 5:2 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, – Romans 5:3 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, – Romans 5:4 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:5

  6. Teresa Donley says:

    Thank you for the prayer. May God help me to be honest in my inventory.

  7. Emilee Dickman says:

    This hit home…. Patti, thanks for the prayer for taking inventory.

  8. Ashlee Hickson says:

    Do not set my heart on gains… so powerful and so true. It can be easy to get caught up in wanting a bigger house, more money, etc but what matters is my walk in faith, my relationship with Jesus, and helping others

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