God is always on time and always at the proper moment. His creative activity is unfailingly right on time…never too early, never too late. That’s because He knows all events that have transpired in the past as well as all things that will occur in the future. Romans 11:33 says that the depth of wisdom and knowledge of God is incomprehensible, and Job echoed this sentiment when he asked, “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of The Almighty?” (Job 11:7) So even though we are totally incapable of understanding all this, we can grasp the idea that God has set eternity in our hearts…filling that “God-shaped” void by His Son, Jesus Christ, who came and died for our sins that we may have the gift of eternal life.
The angel was asking, who is worthy? Who is deserving enough, with the power and capability to loosen the seals of the scroll? And it says… there was no one. Certainly it couldn’t be sinful man, for like Isaiah when he saw the Lord, we’d all have to exclaim, “Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips.” But there is One that is worthy of opening the scroll. Only one that lived a perfect and sinless life here on earth. His name is Jesus Christ, the Worthy One.
These same words of Isaiah’s were spoken by my husband’s Cardiologist after two major heart attacks…”Put your affairs in order, you’re going to die.” But just like Hezekiah, we chose to pray and beseech the Lord instead of accepting the bad report. With Hezekiah, the Lord heard his prayer and relented, and instead, sent Isaiah back to tell Hezekiah he’d have another 15 years to live. And with my husband, the Lord graciously has given him 25 years and counting since the day we heard those fateful words. Joel 2: 13-14 tell us that our Lord is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love and He relents from sending calamity…and that He may even turn and have pity on us and leave a blessing behind.
Divine appointments. I firmly believe in, been part of, and have been truly blessed by them. This past weekend a special friend of mine was headed out on a road trip when three times she encountered friends who wished her a safe trip and prayed for her. The Lord used those divine appointments to show her just how much He loved and cared for her. Also this week a good friend of mine texted me with, ” The Lord has brought you across my mind…I’m praying for you.” This was another divine appointment that showed me God’s tremendous love and concern. So I would urge you, when you are moved by the Holy Spirit…when He brings a specific person to mind, be obedient and pray for that person. But more than that, let them know you’re praying for them. For divine appointments bless both parties involved and God’s love shines brightly in the midst.
All of mankind can agree….”I have strayed like a lost sheep.” (Psalm 119:176) But the wonderful thing about these verses in Ezekiel is how proactive the Lord is. It’s Him that is searching us out, looking after us, and rescuing us from the thick darkness of sin. Jesus is called the Good Shepherd who gathers and watches over His flock and tells us in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” And like the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus will leave the 99 on the hillside to go looking for the one that has wandered off. (Matthew 18:10-14) Have you strayed away from the Lord? Know that Jesus is actively looking for you today.
Most of life’s trials and tribulations seldom, if ever, announce themselves prior to happening. They don’t send us a “Save the Date” card in the mail or place themselves on the calendar…they happen without warning. As it was in this verse, a violent tempest had come up suddenly and was threatening to capsize the boat the disciples and Jesus were in. But while the disciples focused on the waves and wind…Jesus was sleeping through the storm. In Matthew 11:28 Jesus tells us to, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.” The question then is… Are we focused on the storm, or our Savior? And can we sleep through the storm?
In this verse we see man’s prideful ego on full display. The inhabitants of Babel were in deliberate rebellion against God who had very specifically instructed them to increase in number and fill the earth.( Genesis 9:1) Instead, they were scheming how they could build a tower high enough to reach heaven and possibly obtain deity themselves. Proverbs 16:18 tells us that, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” And that is what happened to the people of Babel…God confused their language and scattered them all over the world.