Attention-getters 

Ezekiel 1:28
“Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.”

Ezekiel has one of the most amazing and yet puzzling visions of God, of any of the prophets. He saw a whirlwind coming towards him, and out of it four multi-headed beings with faces like men, oxen, eagles and lions. Next to these creatures, he saw wheels within wheels, giving them movement in all directions simultaneously, and as they moved, it sounded like the movement of an army or that of rushing waters. While we might have many questions about what that experience must have been like, and what this imagery represents, Ezekiel does not leave us wondering about how he reacted.

“So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.”

Over the centuries, God has used a variety of means to get the attention of men. Abraham heard a voice, Moses saw a burning bush, Joshua met a sword-wielding general, Gideon met the Angel of the Lord, and Saul of Tarsus saw a bright light that knocked him from his horse. While the attention grabbers may vary, the purpose is always the same. God interrupts our world to get the attention of people, in order to call them to Himself and His service. Once Ezekiel saw this vision, he fell to the ground and listened to the word of God.

I wonder, what sort of things God has used to get your attention? Maybe He has brought a coworker into your life who is encouraging you to come to church, or perhaps He has allowed things to become somewhat difficult at home or with your health or finances. Whatever means He has used, our response should always be the same. We, like Ezekiel, should bow before Him, recommitting ourself to Christ, and listening to His call for our life.

Pastor Jim

 

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