"If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned..." (Ezekiel 33:6); Ezekiel was that watchman for the house of Israel, with the duty to speak what God has spoken. They have the duty to hear and act. "And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain" (Ezekiel 33:31).
It was Rickey's first time in Big Church. He watched everything his dad did and copied him. When Dad stood, he stood. When Dad sang, he sang. When Dad put a bill in the offering, he put in the change he'd brought from his bank. When Dad opened the Bible, he pulled his out of his pocket. The service ended, at last, and now for the weekly review driving home in the family van. "Sermon was pretty good today. Got lost in the middle." "Music was okay, except for the last song. That was bad." "I liked the solo."
"Behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it" (Ezekiel 33:32).
"All in all," chimed in Rickey, "you gotta admit, it was a pretty good show for a dollar." He'd watched everything.
Heavenly Father, everyday You give me a gift. A new day. May I open it each morning with anticipation, use it with joy, and thank You when I lay down at the end. May my life be a wonderful offering to You.
I pray that Sundays will not be a day of worship, but the celebration of 7 days of worship