From the Book of Ezekiel:

As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four. And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels (Ezek. 1:18-20).

As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four. And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels (Ezek. 1:18-20).

The Book of Ezekiel is filled with visions and prophecies which frequently cause confusion among those reading and studying the Word of God. The main thing that we must remember while reading this Book is that we should not be disturbed over what we cannot understand. The more we prayerfully study His Word, the more enlightenment God will bless us with. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (II Tim. 2:15). Complete understanding is not going to occur overnight, but with each reading we will grasp a little more.

Ezekiel's opening vision is one of the most remarkable in the Bible. It reveals that the supernatural power of God is behind all the events which take place on earth. In this vision, Ezekiel beholds the throne of God, who is shown to be in control of the affairs of all mankind. All that is good, righteous, and just comes from God. In His Sovereignty, God can magnify His power through situations of evil, sorrow, and suffering instigated by Satan. Yet, as He had originally set out in the Garden of Eden, God still allows man to choose between the two paths. The wheels of divine government run with lightning-speed at God's direction And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning (Ezek. 1:14), looking north, south, east, and west simultaneously in order to see everything in the universe at all times. The four living creatures above the wheels reach up to God Himself with their mighty wings (1:11).

In his vision Ezekiel saw clearly, but our eyes can become so preoccupied with the staggering powers of evil that we can sometimes lose sight of the glorious throne of God. We may, at times, also lose our sense of the divine sovereignty of God and the destiny of His Church. With the invention of weapons of mass destruction and the upsurge in terrorist activity, the international political situation has become increasingly disturbing. However, Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world (I John 4:4). To be fearful or discouraged would be to lack faith that God is in control. We have been born again into the family of God, which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:13). For this reason, the fate of the world should no longer cause us to tremble or lose heart. God has promised us eternity, what can compare with that?

And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end He may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ with all His saints (I Thess. 3:12-13).

Thought for Today:

If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land (II Chr. 7:14).

Christ Revealed:

In a likeness as the appearance of a man, who sat upon the throne (Ezek. 1:26-28). This foreshadowed God who appears as a Man, the Man Christ Jesus (I Tim. 2:5).

Word Studies:

1:18 dreadful = awesome, wonderful; 1:20 up over against = close beside; 3:12 rushing = tumult, shouting; 3:14 heat = anger; 3:26 dumb = unable to speak to warn them; 4:16 break the staff = cut off the supply.

Prayer Needs:

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Devotion courtesy Bible Pathway Ministries