Today's devotion is based on Ezekiel 2:5, "The descendants also are impudent and stubborn: I send you to them, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they will know that a prophet has been among them."
When I was an active pastor, I used to get frustrated I would show someone that, according to God's Word, what they were doing was wrong. They quite often would say, "Yes, pastor, I see what God's Word is saying, but then continuing (usually unspoke, but not always.) they would finish with, "I am not going to stop."
At times I question my calling to be a pastor, for it seemed like everything said in God's wen, as they say, "in one ear and out the other." Then, as I remembered the verse for today, I would remember that Jesus or any of the prophets had success all the time when teaching what God's Word says but continued to do it anyway.
I would also remind myself how often I did not follow a pastor's advice, even when God's Word backed it up. None of us, deep down, and I include myself, want to listen to God. We would instead find things to do other than hear God's Word. We would set aside his commands in order to do what we think is best. We would instead find our own way forward than hear how God would have us live for him.
Even though we don't always want to listen, God speaks to us through his Word anyway. Why does he do that? Because he loves us, and he knows how desperately we need to hear what he has to say. For, faith in Christ is then the only way to live in the presence of God after we die.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: In thank and praise you, God, for continually speaking to me through your Word. Give me ears to hear your message, eyes to see your constant love for me, and a heart to believe what you have to say. In Jesus' sacred name, I pray. Amen.