I doubt Ezekiel heard this very often. I have been reading through his book recently, and I have to tell you it makes me feel guilty.
God called Ezekiel to be a prophet. We don’t know anything about his life before that. I believe that we, as believers of Jesus Christ, feel that he must have reached some kind of high plane in his relationship with God. He must have spent hundreds of hours in praise, worship, prayer, reading the Bible and handing out tracks on street corners to people who didn’t know God.
He may have been on that high plane with God, but maybe not. All we know is that God called him and Ezekiel said yes. I would like to gently put out there that nobody “earns” an important position from God. All we can learn from this call is that Ezekiel said yes.
Now here is where I feel guilty. Ezekiel was told to prophesy destruction on one country after another, which probably made people pretty upset with him. Yet he did it. Wow. The guilt comes in when I feel I deserve something from God because of something I did or the time I spent with God.
I doubt Ezekiel had many friends. So I want to go on record that I am his friend. I will learn to be humble before God and not feel I have worked hard enough to deserve anything from God. I want Ezekiel to know that I sympathize with his calling, and find him courageous in the Lord.
I do hope that being Ezekiel’s friend will help me to remember to be strong if God calls me to difficult things. I look forward to seeing my good friend Ezekiel some day, sit down with him and some coffee, and have a good chat about his life. That is just what friends do.