Who’s Responsible? (Ezekiel 1-3)

And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words.  Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions.  Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people. (Ezekiel 2:6)

Charles Stanley is credited as saying, God takes full responsibility for the life wholly devoted to Him.  In other words, when we place ourselves into God’s hands and allow Him to direct the actions of our lives, He doesn’t leave us stranded. He doesn’t abandon us to the mercies of other people.  He stands up for us; He empowers us; He supports us.  God never leads a person into a trap wherein he or she is simply at the mercy of those around him.

Since this is true, it requires that we understand how to hear God’s voice.  For when God speaks and gives us instructions, we can be confident that He will enable us to follow through with His desires.  He will never ask us to do anything, though, that goes against the principles that are laid out in the Bible.

When we do hear His voice, we must trust that following through with His desires is the best thing we can do – regardless of the seeming hardships that may come about.  There is no fear of the outcomes when we properly fear the One who controls the outcomes.  We can obey God confidently because He promises to uphold those who are submitted to Him.

What is God leading you to do?  Are you willing to place yourself in His hands?  He takes full responsibility for the life that is wholly devoted to Him.

Father, whenever You lead me to do things, I get distracted by the noise of the world around me and the fears that come with the assumed outcomes that I conjure up in my mind.  Rather than imagining things happening the way I think they’ll happen, let me trust that You are the One who is in control, and let me remember that You take full responsibility for the life that is wholly devoted to You.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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