A Watchman

Today’s devotion from Ezekiel 32 & 33. These verses in Ezekiel 33 remind us of an important truth. Above all else, there is a level of personal responsibility involved in following God. In the illustration given to the prophet, God reminds him not to neglect personal obedience to the calling entrusted to him. Everything God gives him to speak must be spoken. There can be no exception.

This truth is not born from God’s desire to punish. In fact, God says, “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather the wicked person should turn from his way and live. Repent, repent of your evil ways!” (Ezekiel 33:11, CSB) It is actually this aspect of God’s nature that makes the weight of Ezekiel’s calling so important. How can they turn and repent if the prophet is not delivering the message of God?

If this sounds familiar, it’s because Paul said the same thing in Romans 10. The message of the gospel was entrusted to men for the eternal benefit of other men. But, what if the watchmen see the sword coming, but refuse to warn those in danger? God makes the case in Ezekiel that the watchman will pay for his failure.

If this was the case with Ezekeil, what about those of us commissioned to take the gospel into the world? Will we not be held accountable for knowing the outcome of all things, but failing to warn a lost and dying world? I’m not saying we are Ezekiel or are given the prophet’s ministry. I am saying that we have a message that is far too important to not share.

Today, you are a watchman. You are entrusted to warn others of the repercussions of sin in our lives.