FAVORED EMBANKMENTSBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
"Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of King Jehoiachin's captivity. The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him."Ezekiel 1:1-3------Are we to consider ourselves "favored" if we find ourselves captives in exile in a distant land?Are we to understand that God might choose to reveal Himself to us in our most difficult of seasons?Are we to believe that God might choose to take our breath away and reveal His glory to us while seated on the banks of captivity?Hmmm ...It indeed seems likely, and an encouraging prospect to the soul "seated on the banks," to receive divine revelations from God while situated in a most stooped and dejected state.The state of brokenness, despondency, and contrition has never ceased to bring the favorable pity of God upon itself nor ceased to receive heavenly wonders in such state.Indeed, Scripture is piled high and deep with special promises and provisions secured upon "scattered souls" in such conditions:Joseph, Isaiah, Esther, Daniel, Peter, Paul, John ... to name a few.The Heavenly Father doesn't forsake or neglect His own but, in due season, appoints the rod of correction to be replaced with the tender compress of His compassion and life-giving presence.-----Here we have Ezekiel, a favored prophet and priestly man, subjected to severe terms of captivity along with the rest of God's people seated on the banks of the river Chebar.Here we have a man who is seated as an outcast in exile, in the land of Babyon, feeling the oppressive curse of employed disobedience at work.Here sits God's "favored" one.Here we have a man ripe for the reception of a good and timely word from the Lord.Here we have a man who sees the glory of God on the banks of his captivity and is privy to the highest vision and visitation from God.Broken men wield the favor and power of God as no other; take His word for it and be blessed by this biblical reality."For thus saith the High and Lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit; to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."Isaiah 57:15------Do not despise the day of chastening or heavy correction from the rod;For the hand that created the rod also created the gentle bud that knows to blosson in due time and perfect season.God is no fiery tormentor of His child,But a loving Father who submits and meters out periods of discipline for His child's own good and for His ultimate glory.Pay special attention to the "banks" you find yourself on and allow yourself to remain there, until Christ has sufficiently done His work, and you shall be privy to a reception of a glory you've never experienced before.At no time in our lives are we more suited and receptive to a visitation or vision from the Lord than in a bowed and broken state.Stay near the river Chebar;bow your head, bend your knee,and His glory will appear in due season.Blessed be the "favored ones" who find themselves seated on the banks of Chebar.------Three Study Considerations:1) Create a list of three individuals in the Bible who sat by the river "Chebar" in some season of their lives. Note the outcome of their lives; note the ways God worked through these individuals and how He revealed Himself to these individuals over time.2) Record seasons of life where God's word sounded strongest and clearest to you, and where you grew most intimately with Him. Did God's favor not rest on you?3) Consider the Creator of both "rod and bud" in your life and rest in the confidence of God's ability to sufficiently exceed what you might see, ask, or even think possible.
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