Daily Dose, Jan. 12 — Ezekiel

  The word of the Lord came to me: O Mortal, speak to your people and say to them, If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one of their number as their sentinel; and if the sentinel sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people; then if any who hear the sound of the trumpet do not take warning, and the sword comes and takes them away, their blood shall be upon their own heads. They heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; their blood shall be upon themselves. But if they had taken warning, they would have saved their lives. But if the sentinel sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any of them, they are taken away in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at the sentinel’s hand. So, you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, “O wicked ones, you shall surely die,” and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, and they do not turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but you will have saved your life. (Ezekiel 33:1-9)   Ezekiel was called by God to be a “lookout” for the nation of Israel. God told him to warn the people to turn from their hurtful ways and come home to God. He did his job. He warned them about pushing God to the back burner of the stove. He told them to throw another log on their spiritual fire. They didn’t listen, and they lost everything as a result. Consequences are often the last and best teacher. But their failure would have been his responsibility, if he had failed to blow the trumpet and call them to a life of faithful devotion to the Lord. You and I are called to blow the trumpet for our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to be thoughtful, careful and sensitive when we blow the trumpet. God does not want us to put the trumpet next to someone’s face and break their eardrum. Better to play a good and pleasant tune. Anyone can be shrill with the truth. But we are called to be “lookouts” and help people find their way home. Some will listen. Some will be grateful and start a new life. Someone was a lookout for you. Wonderful! Now go and be wonderful for someone else. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don