Who is in control?

“They won’t listen to you because they won’t listen to me.” Ezekiel 3:7

imageThere is a saying, “You can take a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” God learned he could speak his piece, but he couldn’t make the rebellious Israelites listen. Therefore, he commanded Ezekiel to be his spokesman. First, gave Ezekiel a book, with strong language of mourning and doom, which must have represented God’s anger, and told Ezekiel to eat it. Ezekiel said, “It tasted so good–just like honey.” With this, God fortified Ezekiel to be strong and to take God’s message to the Israelites.

The Israelites had been acting like out of control teenagers. I’ve known a few. I remember times when raising my three children (who I can’t remember as being overly rebellious), and I’d say something to one of them, and it went in one ear and out the other. I could hardly wait for their father to get home to give them another chance to hear what I had said.

There is a Rule of Seven concept in the field of marketing. Prospects need to hear or see the material or presentation seven times before the customer gets it and makes a purchase. Perhaps God needed Ezekiel to be his marketing expert.

Lord, when sharing your story, give us patience for the process. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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