Then I will take away your stubbornness and make you eager to be completely faithful to me. You will want to obey me and all my laws and teachings. You will be my people, and I will be your God.
Ezekiel 11:19-20 (CEV)
Note verse 11 from our passage. “The LORD said: Ezekiel, the people of Israel are like dead bones. They complain that they are dried up and that they have no hope for the future.” (CEV)
Maybe you’re in a bad situation right now. You want to get out, but you can’t. To you, it’s your no-hope-for-the-future situation. Perhaps your family has to move to another town and you have to leave your friends, your school, and your familiar neighborhood. Not to mention that you have to face new environment, new school and friends. You’ve been trying to make them stay and you’ve been praying and asking God to cancel it. But you still have to go because your parents have to work there and they can’t leave you here.
Now that it is final, you have a choice whether to enjoy the new environment or stuck at the previous place. So before you say that God is unfair, listen to His promise: “My Spirit will give you breath, and you will live again. I will bring you home, and you will know that I have kept my promise. I, the LORD, have spoken.” (v.14 CEV)
When we focus on ourselves we can’t see the reasons behind things that happen in our lives. We need to see God’s perspective and we can only do so if we set our hearts right. Only then we will know that it is a lot easier to obey.
“Thank you Lord, for the hope in You and for my future that is in Your hands. Give me a new heart. Teach me to see things the way You see them. Take away my stubbornness and make me eager to be faithful to You. Enable me to obey You in every step I take. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen. “