Face Down

Please read Ezekiel chapter 1 now before you continue. It is only 28 verses and should not take long.

I first became intrigued with thirty years, four months and five days. Immediately I wondered what Jesus was doing on that day of His earthly life. Oh to have a calendar to compare these two days in the life and Ezekiel and Jesus. Would that be something marvelous?

Then in verse three, a word came expressly, meaning its delivery was meant to be given by no one else. Once again, I compared the testimony of Jesus Christ, the Word, no one else could have said what Jesus said, “I AM.”

Then I got caught up in the vision and the possibilities of all those faces and shapes and wings and wheels and eyes, movement, coordination, purpose and it was too overwhelming to understand.

What could all that mean, how did it relate to the times and telling of the life of Jesus Christ or was it a thing of the spirit which no one saw during the ministry of Jesus Christ because all eyes were fixed upon Him, our Lord and Savior. What could it all mean?

And then I came to the very last line of verse 28 “And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.”

Face down with his face in the dust, Ezekiel having seen the glory of God now sees himself.

Genesis 18:27 And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:

I am but dust and ash, God has revealed Himself to me and now I can see myself for what “I AM”.

Tomorrow, stand up!


Psalm 77:5-6 I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times. I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

I am sixty-nine years old and I have been writing for a very long time. I have only been posting devotionals since January of 2014. Everything else I have written are in journals. You might even call them ancient manuscripts.

I did not journal in my days of sin. I was too busy sinning. I saw no point to it then. Who in their right mind wants evidence of evil following them around? I was encouraged to journal from a sermon by a layperson. He put the thought in my head and it stuck.

Israel would stack twelve rocks, one for each tribe, at the site of powerful movements of God. This marked their journey with God. What is a journal if not a record of your journey with God? If you are faithful to keep a journal it can be helpful to check spiritual growth.

Would it surprise you to know that I have never used a journal item to write a devotional? It isn’t because they are not worthy or uninspired, it is because those writings are about me. These devotionals are about what the Lord wants and not so much about me. I do find time to go back over some of my ancient writings and I sometimes discover something encouraging for myself.

“Wow, did I write that?”

Yes and no. Even in those ancient days I heard the Lord and made a record of those encounters and know with mature certainty that the Lord was with me even when I was a babe in Christ. I didn’t realize it then but I can see it know. The Holy Spirit was very much involved and responsible for my growth in Christ.

And He still is.