Do you ever have trouble with commitment? Sometimes I come up with an idea and want to work on it, and then get sidetracked, often forgetting even what progress I had made to begin with. I was convicted some time ago to work on a Bible Study in Ezekiel, since I feel very much sometimes like I’m in exile. I felt that a study through the prophet of the Exile would be helpful to me. I was so committed to it I began putting together an outline. Well, the inevitable happened, and I got sidetracked. I took until last week to finally pick it back up again and begin again to do some serious study. That being said, I found some interested rabbit trails along the way, and of course I followed them. I ordered some books, and hopefully will get some more answers as I continue to put this thing together. That’s really the joy of doing this kind of research for me, finding out things I didn’t know before, digging deeper into issues with the text and how that affects our understanding of it.

With that in mind, I need to consider what this verse is saying to me today. With Ezekiel, as with many things in my life, I need to remember am I doing this thing for myself, or do I feel called to do it for the sake of others? Initially studying through Ezekiel I needed to hear a voice in the wilderness telling me it’s going to be okay. But if you know Ezekiel, he is not a reassuring voice so much as the prophetic voice of God calling us to return, to repent, and see the exile for what it is, punishment for sin. But there is a voice of hope, a new Temple and and revived Israel. There is hope for those who know where to find it.

And that is the way of commitment to the Lord. It may be a time of struggle and desperation for a while, but God rewards all these efforts in the end. Those who commit their ways unto the Lord will not be disappointed. If your will and God’s will align, you will find yourself more successful because God works to satisfy His will, both in you and in the world. So you are in good hands with your hands are working with His.

God, lead me to see Your work and will this day in all that I do. Help me to commit to those things that you have called me to, so that I don’t get sidetracked into useless frivolity. Thank You Lord for Your kindness and direction. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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