Stand up!

Ezekiel of the Old Testament heard directly from God and receieved many incredible revelations. At the beginning of his journey with God, he encountered the glory of the Lord, which overwhelmed him. He fell on his face, literally lying face down in awe of God’s magnificence. Ezekiel 1:26-2:1. This seems like a reasonable response to a personal encounter with the living Creator of the whole universe.

But God did not want Ezekiel to remain prostrate before Him. God told Ezekiel to “stand” on his feet for God to speak to him. Ezekiel 2:1. Ezekiel tells us: “Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.” Ezekiel 2:2.

In the New Testament, in Hebrews 4:16, Paul tells us to “come boldly to the throne of grace,” where God’s glory shines brightest. As with all commands in the Bible, there is also a promise; when we come boldly to God’s throne, recognizing that He alone is sovereign, then “we obtain mercy and find grace in time of need.”

What this tells me is that when God has an assignment for us, or when we come to Him asking for help, we are not to cower or allow His magnificence to sidetrack us from the task at hand.  We are to stand on the legs He’s given us, to come as close to eye to eye as mortal to immortal can, and listen for His instructons so we can get after it. Or if we come to convey a need to Him, whether for ourselves or for others, we are to do so without reservation, unapologetically, frankly, using plain, everyday language, stating our case as openly and fully as we can.

It is Jesus who gives us the confidence and authority to enter God’s throne room to talk to our Father and listen to His instructions. After all, Jesus “lives to make intercession for us.” Hebrews 7:25. The word “intercession” in Greek, tunchano, means to meet with another to converse with him, but it also conveys a sense of pleading on behalf of another. So Jesus, who now stands at the right hand of God (Acts 7:55), is there as our Savior, and stands with us as we receive instructions from God and tell Him our needs.

Since we are also comanded to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), that has to mean that our Creator and Almighty Father is vitally interested in everything that concerns us, from the smallest to the most overwhelmingly huge. Through Jesus, God has plans for us that we are to stand up and take note of. It is our solemn responsibility here on earth to bring all of our needs for ourselves and others boldly before His throne of grace, and while there, listen attentively for His instructions.

Amen and amen.

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