“Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself. Then go…” (Ezekiel 3:10-11)
Relate: There’s a boy who is afraid to ride a horse against some real cowboys. There’s a kid in soccer who wonders if anyone can score against the goalie named “The Wall”. Lets not forget the skateboarder who is challenged by his competition to “top that”. These kids face insurmountable odds. Then Tony shows up with a bowl of frosted flakes. “You can do it if you start your day off with a good breakfast. And frosted flakes aren’t just good. They’re great!” In thirty seconds or less you get a motivating message, a catchy little jingle, and the fiction that somehow frosted flakes constitutes a healthy breakfast.
As cute as these commercials are, Tony the Tiger, that cheerio’s bee, and Tucan Sam are all right. Before we can interact well with others, we need to be ready. We need to be prepared. We need to eat our breakfast (spiritually). God says basically the same thing to Ezekiel. He is warning the prophet that God is sending him out to preach to a stubborn and hard hearted people who will not listen. It is going to be a difficult journey. So before he even begins to speak, God hands him a scroll filled with prophesies front and back. Ezekiel is told to eat the scroll. He must first eat, he must first digest the words of the Lord himself before he can speak them out. They must become a part of who he is before he can begin to give them to others.
React: What did my breakfast consist of today? What did I eat? I had a bowl of peaches and cream oatmeal. What else? A banana. Anything more? Some coffee. As important as all that is, it was followed by my real breakfast. I ate a few chapters from Matthew while listening to a little Jesus Culture. Then I prayed my way through some of the needs and people on prayer list. After that, the music went off and I spent some time listening. It was time to internalize, to digest. If I want to have a good day, I need to be ready for it. I need to eat the words before I can share them with others.
God, help me to always be dependent on You. Help me to always be aware that I am desperate for You. I am nothing without You. Help me to treasure the time I spend with You. Meet me there. Let me not walk out that door in the morning until I have met with You. The world needs what You have to offer. Help me to find it, help me to eat it, so that I will be ready to share it.