Daily D – Ezekiel 43:1-3
Then the man brought me to the gate facing east, and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory. The vision I saw was like the vision I had seen when he came to destroy the city and like the visions I had seen by the Kebar River, and I fell facedown. (NIV)
Suddenly, the glory of the God of Israel appeared from the east. The sound of his coming was like the roar of rushing waters, and the whole landscape shone with his glory. This vision was just like the others I had seen, first by the Kebar River and then when he came to destroy Jerusalem. I fell face down on the ground. (NLT)
Imagine the roar of Niagara unstoppably approaching accompanied by lightning frozen in its moment of brilliance. Recognizing the approach of God will most certainly lay you prostrate before the sound and the sight of his perfect holiness.
It was the kind of flight yesterday you are glad you flew and are pleased is over. It was delayed by an hour and a half and then some due to weather at its origin in Phoenix and along the way to Atlanta. The pilot told us before we left Atlanta the flight attendants would remain seated and so would we until further notice.
Tighten that Seatbelt
I love a good adventure. Those adventures, according to my arrangement of preferences, are on the ground and somewhat in my control. This was neither.
Our rapid ascent through the clouds was bumpy, yes, but also amazing. My window seat provided front-row views of clouds forming, reshaping, and twisting one layer after another for 35,000 feet. Thank you, iPhone, for having a camera to capture some of the beauty.
About the time we arrived over Texas, the clouds diminished and the bumps smoothed out. And then I left my iPad on the plane. Again. Thank you, American Airlines gate agent for rescuing my lost lamb. I really didn’t want to tell our CFO I needed another new iPad.
Live in the Anticipation of Exhilaration
There are moments so overwhelming in experience we do not want them to end. We may not dare look, but we deeply feel and know when something is so much bigger than anything we ever imagined. Awestruck, we hold still. We listen closely with breaths rapid and shallow. We know as we have never known before, this is ultimate, this is beyond, this is so much more it can only be called most.
Ezekiel had experienced God similarly on several occasions. Even so, he could not behave as though he had been there and done that. He fell facedown. There is a lesson here. This is knowledge in its purest form. This is wisdom. Here is truth: No one will stand in arrogant bravado before our God.
There are those now who feel free to shake a fist and make strong speeches regarding their opposition to the Almighty. When they see God for who he is, they too will fall facedown. This is no threat. This is no word of anger. This is no preacher pontification. Only those who have met God will welcome this experience. Only they will know the thrill of that moment. Every other soul will feel the terror of ultimate and undeniable reality and no time left to choose.
Our Father in Heaven will Lift You Up
Knees bent in adoration today deliver from the terror of that day.
Falling facedown is the only way to know the uplifting hand of God revealing his glory and joy.
I will kneel, I will bow, I will fall facedown before the majesty and glory of our Father in heaven.
Our Father, vocabulary fails its assignment to express your majesty and glory. How could we ably declare the vastness of the wonder of you? Sometimes the highest and best expression of our praise is facedown stillness and silence. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”