November 5, 2017: Will you know when God touches you?

 

Ezekiel 8:1 (NIV)
1  In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign LORD came upon me there.

The faith that we profess speaks of an encounter with God as being completely life transforming.  Is it possible to meet God and not be changed?

Consider this fact.  If you stepped in front of a Mac truck on the highway there would be some visible things happening.  First, you would hear the brakes of the truck scream as the truck tried to stop.  Traffic would be in disarray as the huge semi attempted to stop before running you over.  If the truck hit you would you walk away the same way you were before you got hit?  The answer is absolutely not.  It would even be ludicrous to assert such a thing.

So the question comes, “Then how can it be when those who say they believe in Christ can confess a relationship with the ruler and sovereign of the universe and their lives show so little evidence of that encounter?

Ezekiel knew very clearly when he met with God because he could put the date and time on it.  For an exercise in your devotions this week count how many times Ezekiel records the date and time when he meets with God.

I wonder what an encounter with God looks like nowadays. Perhaps this passage may shed some light on that question.

Acts 4:13 (NIV)
13  When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

May the God who created the universe by his spoken word meet you in your journeys today and may you never forget it.

Altered by The3 Encounter with God,

 

Pastor Phil

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