Ezek. 47:4 Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was knee-deep. Again he measured a thousand, and led me through the water, and it was waist-deep.
At first glance, it seems like this vision is about you wading out into the deep places in God’s river But maybe there is more to it than that. Maybe this vision is about the river in you. Maybe this vision is about the deep places of God’s grace that He has worked in your life. Didn’t the Apostle Peter talk about growing in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus our Lord? If that is the case, are you growing up into the knowledge of Jesus our Savior? Is Christ being formed in you or are you stuck in the stagnant swamp of lethargy or worldly behavior? Let’s follow Ezekiel as we allow God to work His work in us. Here are some thoughts from Maclaren on the powerful prophetic vision.
“It came from the abundant welling-up in the sanctuary. The fountain was the mother of the river—that is to say, God’s ideal for the world, for the Church, for the individual Christian, is rapid increase in their experience of the depth and the force of the stream of blessings which together make up salvation. So we come to a very sharp testing question. Will anybody tell me that the rate at which Christianity has grown for these nineteen centuries corresponds with Ezekiel’s vision—which is God’s ideal? Will any Christian man say, ‘My own growth in grace, and increase in the depth and fulness of the flow of the river through my spirit and my life correspond to that ideal’? A mile from the source the river is unfordable. How many miles from the source of our first experience do we stand? How many of us, instead of having ‘a river that could not be passed over, waters to swim in,’ have but a poor and all but stagnant feeble trickle, as shallow as or shallower than it was at first?”
So rather than hanging out in the shallow places of our early experiences let’s press on to know the Lord. There is more of God available for each of us, more than we ever imagined. Letting go and following Ezekiel as he wades deeper and deeper will begin your greatest adventure, it will start you on the journey that will define your purpose in life.