“…they will know that I am the LORD their God.” Ezekiel 28:26
“Then Israel will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.” Ezekiel 29:16
“Then they will know that I am the LORD.” Ezekiel 29:21
“…and they will know that I am the LORD.” Ezekiel 30:19
“Then they will know that I am the LORD.” Ezekiel 30:26
Over and over and over throughout Ezekiel this has been the refrain:
“I, the LORD, will do _____ and then they (or you) will know that I am the LORD.”
Notice that it’s NOT:
“When they do _____, they will finally know that I am the LORD.”
“When they say _____, they will know that I am the LORD.”
It’s always God saying “I will”. Apparently, our recognizing Him as LORD hinges on us seeing HIM doing something. And yet so often we’re so apt to think that what’s going on in our lives hinges on something we’re doing.
But we’re not God.
We’re not even a god. We’re human flesh and bone, fashioned in the image of God and chosen to be Children of God – the Bride of Christ, His hands and feet.
We are weak defenseless sheep who can’t fend off predators, find our way out of trouble, nor prepare green pastures to graze in. We need a shepherd, The Good Shepherd, to guide us in the way we should go with His staff. And to protect us from all harm with His rod. And to lead us in path’s of righteousness for His name’s sake.
We need Him to make us lie down in green pastures and to lead us by still waters; still water – because the rapidly moving kind scares us too much to drink from it freely. We need for Him to anoint our heads with oil so that the flies will stay away from our eyes and nose where they like to infest and lay their eggs. Yes, even though we may walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death we can fear no evil because our God has promised never to leave us or forsake us. He is always by our side.
“Yes, I the LORD, the Good Shepherd, will do these things; not because you asked and not even because you needed them (which you do), but simply because I said I would. And it will be through My tender care that you will know that I am the LORD your God.”