“Do not be anxious about anything…” Philippians 4:6
“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5.
“Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13.
“Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:17-18.
There are many more statements like these listed above in Scripture. In fact, the Bible is full of commands that sound crazy to our human ears. “Love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you.” I could go on and on.
How are we supposed to do any of this?
Are the commands of God really possible? I mean for average, normal people like you and me?
The answer is found through God’s prophet named Ezekiel. You need to keep reading to uncover the answer. (It’s worth it… I promise).
Ezekiel 1:26 – 2:2
Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking. He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.” As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.
When the Lord summoned Ezekiel to be His prophet he told him to stand up, then the Spirit entered him and raised him to his feet. If the Lord desired Ezekiel to be standing when he received his call, his duty, his mission, then why didn’t the Lord just raise him up. Why was it necessary to give Ezekiel the order to stand if the Lord was going to do the work for him? I think we can assume that Ezekiel had the physical ability to stand up by himself. I do not think that he was paralyzed by the Lord’s presence.
In Ezekiel 3:22 the Lord told him to get up and move and he did it without the Spirit’s assistance. Every other time the Lord asked Ezekiel to stand the Spirit assisted him.
The Lord asked Ezekiel to perform a task and then empowered him with His strength to complete the task. The Lord will not ask us to do something without giving us the divine strength and ability to do it. Our weakness is made perfect by His strength.
This was a physical task for Ezekiel to stand up on his own two feet. Then the Lord physically stood him up. God asks us to spiritually do the impossible – live by faith – and then He equips us with the ability to do it. We still must make the step of obedience. We must believe that he will equip us with the divine ability. Perhaps Ezekiel was attempting to stand when the Lord filled him with His Spirit and stood him up.
I believe that the Lord asked Ezekiel to stand, then raised him up Himself, to show him how this new venture was going to work. God would tell Ezekiel to do something, then God would do it through him. Ezekiel would no longer rely on his own power and strength; he would stand by God’s strength.
God may not be calling us to be a prophet, however He is calling us to be set apart as holy for Him. He is calling us to live a life of love. He is calling us to walk by faith and not by sight.
I’m going to ask you to stand, then I’m going to raise you up.
I’m going to tell you to walk, then I’m going to place each foot in front of the other and walk beside you. I may carry you if necessary.
I’m going to ask you to speak, then I’m going to give you words to share.
I’m going to ask you to love, then I’m going to expand your heart and love through you.
I’m going to ask you to trust me above anything or anyone else, then I’m going to show myself trustworthy.
I’m going to ask you to believe, then I’m going to show you my Glory.