Lazaroo – Monday, April 20, 2009

Apr 20, 2009 I Lazaroo.

“The heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. 
(Ezekiel 1:1)

I know I’m thinking way too big for my britches –

But I would LOVE to see something like that, Jesus! 

I can’t help feeling it would thrill me, fill me with wonder, increase my faith.  I’m pretty sure it would totally change my life.

But of course, the truth is I have no way of knowing how I would respond to such a sight.

After You showed these visions to Ezekiel, he fell facedown, reacted with bitterness and anger, then spent a week sitting in shock, overwhelmed. 

Based on the rest of this amazing book, there’s a terrible responsibility that goes along with getting to see such sights. 

Most of us couldn’t handle it. 

If I knew the cost, would I still want to see the opened heavens?
Isaiah 29:14; Luke 17:5; 1 Samuel 10:6; Ezekiel 1:28; Ezekiel 3:14-15; Ezekiel 3:25-26; Ezekiel 4:1-15; Matthew 20:22; Matthew 19:16-22; Luke 14:28-33

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Take Me Deeper

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

7 responses so far.

  1. Steve Says:

    Diane, your depth and maturity shine through. Thank you so much for taking us deeper.

  2. Diane Says:

    But hasn’t God already revealed Himself to us in the form of Jesus? And look what people did to Him. It would be good to think we would be completely changed for the better after this encounter, and many people were and are – but still some aren’t. People constantly take the love, mercy and beauty of God and nail it to a cross daily. I thank God that I see evidence of His existence and power through healings, salvations, changed lives on a regular basis. God is not dead, He is alive. He hasn’t pressed the pause button and left us hanging until Jesus returns. He is alive within us. I still wonder if we Christians are only living at a tiny amount of potential, waiting for God to show Himself before we do something, when He has said to do it, and then we will see it. That’s faith in action.

    If we saw God in all His fullness, to be honest I don’t think we could function. He knows that, and offers us glimpses of heaven by revealing His miraculous power – and thank God that He does. Through Jesus He made it possible for us to say ‘I do and will see His glory’, rather than being completely cut off. Imagine a world where God doesn’t exist or act. Pretty bleak.

    Or is it possible that God DOES show us Himself, but we are so limited in our sight and comprehension that we just don’t recognise Him?

  3. Steve Says:

    Great application to Thomas’ response, Jeff. Point made.

  4. Jeff Says:

    If God should reveal Himself to me in this way, I would be compelled to be obedient. It, in a sense, would get interwined in my intellect and for all practical purposes, force me to conform out of fear – if nothing else. I don’t really think that would make me happy.

    Jesus told Thomas, “Thomas, because you have seen Me you have believed. Blessed are they who have not seen and have believed.” (John 20:29).

    The power in my life comes from faith, not evidence.

  5. Steve Says:

    Ashley – I’ve recently re-read The Screwtape Letters, too! Phenomenal insights today. Thank you!

  6. John Tevault Says:

    I believe with every fiber of my being, that Jesus and all the glory of heaven exist.I don’t need to see Him, but it would be something that words can’t describe. I’m grateful for the faith that Jesus has given me!

  7. Ashley Says:

    Often I’ve wondered why God doesn’t literally reveal Himself to us. Even though I know how people like Ezekiel were affected by it, I still have always wondered why God doesn’t just show us His face. It would eliminate all doubt about His existence.

    I’ve been reading through The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, and came across the letter where Screwtape explains how if God were to literally show His face to humanity, we would have no choice but to follow and believe. And scripturally, that’s backed up with Romans 14:11 (Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord). And that’s not what God wants from us at this point. He doesn’t want to intimidate us into following His will–He wants us to willingly seek Him out, to use our free will to follow Him. He doesn’t want servants–he wants sons and daughters. What a great thought!

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