Friday, October 31, 2014

Eat What God Gives

Ezekiel 3:1
Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.

Barnes Notes remarks on the similarities between this and the Apostle John's command to eat the book and notes that it is sweet to eat but bitter in the belly. This is representative, says Barnes, that it is a great blessing to be called into the ministry but at the same time it carries with it great sorrows.[1] 

I notice that Ezekiel is not merely to eat whatever but to eat what he finds. It is not his to determine his message (or even that piece of the Bible that he would meditate upon) but to expect that to be given from the Lord. 

We have too much of a man centered Christianity today. We have boiled the faith down to a certain number of chapters read each day, a certain number of hours spent in church services, a certain amount of time spent as witnesses. We have lost the dependence upon the Lord in many cases. We have developed a sort of religion that is capable of functioning without Him. What we need is to get back to God. To once again look for what He gives and to then be content with that. 

[1] Take my remarks then to apply to ministry (the Word of God) and not the literal food.