Day 239

Today’s Reading – Ezekiel 1-4

As I looked at the creatures, suddenly there was a wheel on the earth corresponding to all four faces of the creatures. The appearance and composition of the wheels were like sparkling topaz. There was one shape for all four of them, as if one wheel were inside another. When they moved in any of the four directions, they moved without swerving. Their rims were tall and terrifying, because all four of them were filled with eyes all around. When the creatures moved, the wheels moved next to them. Whenever the creatures rose above the earth, the wheels also rose up. Wherever the wind would appear to go, the wind would make them go there too. The wheels rose up beside them, because the spirit of the creatures was in the wheels. When they moved, the wheels moved; when they stood still, the wheels stood still; and when they rose above the earth, the wheels rose up along with them, because the spirit of the creatures was in the wheels.  Ezekiel 1:15-20

For some this passage is Ezekiel’s account of an obvious encounter with an UFO and an Ancient Alien Astronaut. For others it is Ezekiel’s vision from God.

I simply ask which ever you choose to take the leap of faith and believe.

For me, I find it far more palatable to believe that God appeared to Ezekiel in a vision. This vision, like a dream, was distorted by our ability to even begin to comprehend the things of God; hence, a very bizarre description. For me, that is more comforting than the thought of a being from outer space appearing 1000s of years ago to direct our culture and then disappearing.

I’ll grant you that I find the alternative (aliens) entertaining. I enjoy Sci-FI, Doctor Who, time travel, and all that it offers. I just don’t buy it as an explanation for our existence and purpose!

As we journey through Ezekiel, you make the choice.

What do you want to believe?

Tomorrow’s Reading – Ezekiel 5-8

Day 238

Today’s Reading – Lamentations 3-5

You, LORD, reign forever; Your throne endures from generation to generation. Why do You always forget us? Why do You forsake us so long? Restore us to Yourself, LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old unless You have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.  
Lamentations 5:19-22

How quickly we forget . . .

Even Jeremiah has seemingly forgotten.

How else do you explain someone declaring the enduring reign of God in one breath and then wondering where God is in the next?

The reality is that Jeremiah is heartbroken over the condition of the people.

Jeremiah believes in God’s promise to restore the people, but doesn’t want to wait any longer.

I think we can relate. God’s promises to us are seemingly countless and yet for so many of us we still wait for them to manifest in our lives.

And so we are left asking, “Why do You always forget us?”

We can learn from Jeremiah. We can learn to remember all the ways God has been faithful in our lives. We can learn to wait because God is faithful to keep all of His promises.

You can count on the promises of God – some later than sooner

Tomorrow’s Reading – Ezekiel 1-4

Day 237

Today’s Reading – Lamentations 1-2

So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the LORD.” 
Lamentations 3:18
Lamentations is a series of laments written by Jeremiah. At this point, the Temple has become a contradiction of all that God intended it to be. In spite of all the problems, Jeremiah still loved the Temple and is crushed by seeing the destruction of it.

In the midst of all the problems that exist in the church today, can we still have hope?

Perhaps the more important question is: In spite of all the problems that the church has today, can YOU be hope to this in search of it?

Tomorrow’s Reading – Lamentations 3-5