Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
I started a new study just yesterday. I decided to work through the book of Ezekiel, mostly because I have never understood it. I found a commentary written by J. Vernon McGee (He’s home with the Lord now). I remember him on the radio when I first became a Christian in 1971 but never really listened to or read anything from him. But I have heard from others that he was quite insightful in his Bible knowledge.
Like I said, I just started yesterday and worked a little more on it today. But I am already seeing a blessing from studying Ezekiel. Below are a few verses I would like to share:
Ezekiel 1:28b—Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and heard a voice of one speaking.
Isaiah 6:5—And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Revelation 1:17—When I saw him, I fell as his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last.”
In all three of these instances, the prophet saw a likeness of God! What impresses me is the response to all three of these men. They all fell on their faces. Each of these visions had a profound effect on the prophet who had it. McGee says, “This vision had a tremendous effect upon Ezekiel, and it should have this effect upon us: “Oh, God, I am undone, I’m lost and I need You. I turn to You and accept You.” When we realize who God is, we should be low and humbled in His presence. I get concerned for myself sometimes, because I have such a dim view of who God is. It is not that I don’t know about God. I know he is all-powerful, all knowing, not held capture by time and space and so forth. The question is: do my little glimpses of the glory of God cause me to fall down and worship Him? If not, why not! God desires our worship. He craves our love just as we crave the love of our families and friends. Oh, how little I know of bowing down and worshiping our LORD! May He fill my heart with worship and love for Him. Our God is so far above and beyond us, that it is only because he allows Himself to be somewhat known by us, that we can know Him at all. I pray we won’t take that fact too lightly.
Just to change the subject a little, I have been reading another book. It is titled Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray. His books are really deep and this is one of the deepest in my opinion. I actually bought this book in an updated English version some time ago and read it. But this time I purposely bought a version that uses more of Murray’s original English. It’s harder to read and understand but it is totally worth the struggle.
While the title of the book is about total surrender, the text of the book so far is more about relying on the Holy Spirit of God. Murray spends a lot of time talking about “the fruit of the Spirit is Love.” He basically says that without Love, it is impossible to do our work the way God would have us do it. And the kind of love he is talking about can only come by being filled with the Spirit. In one part he talks about intercessory prayer. In fact, I believe Andrew Murray has an entire book by that title. He says intercessory prayer is the one thing we should never put off. I’d like to wrap this up with a quote from Mr. Murray:
“I have said that love must fit us for our work. Do you know what the hardest and the most important work is that has to be done for this sinful world? It is the work of intercession, the work of going to God and taking time to lay hold on Him. A man (or woman) may be an earnest Christian, an earnest minister and a man who may do good, but alas! how often he has to confess that he knows but little of what it is to tarry with God. May God give us the great gift of an intercessory spirit, a spirit of prayer and supplication! Let me ask you in the name of Jesus not let a day pass without praying for all saints, and for all God’s people.”
I think that’s all I have for today. I offer these just as some things to think about and to pray to God that we would be filled with awe for Him and would become more of a praying people, especially when it comes to intercession. Please don’t let anything of what I have just said make you feel guilty or like a failure. That is a trap of Satan and I have fallen into it many times. The important thing is that we just honestly seek God with all our hearts. Some of our best times of prayer can be when we feel nothing. Why? Because it’s in those times that we truly pray by faith. God takes even what we believe are failures or weaknesses and uses them for His glory. As the song goes, “Our God is an Awesome God!” Amen!!