Father, I see a pattern as You show Your people how You want them to live. You reveal Yourself and call them to purify themselves and turn from idols.
As they rebelled and worshipped first the idols of Egypt, then a golden calf and later the idols of wood and stone from other nations, You repeatedly preserved them as a people “for the sake of Your Name.” But there was judgment and a purging of those who would not follow You.
Ezekiel speaks Your words saying, “I will judge you…I will take note of you as you pass under My rod…”
This is the same rod of which the Psalmist wrote “Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.”
A shepherd uses his rod for many things. One is to have the sheep pass under it as a way of counting to be sure every sheep is where it should be and accounted for.
It is also a way of inspecting them. As each sheep passes, the shepherd looks to see that each is well fed, rested, and not ill. As the rod parts their hair, inspection is made of the skin for wounds, parasites, anything that would indicate a need for further care.
Father, I am a sheep of Your pasture. I want to “pass under Your rod” for Your inspection and loving care. Count me to be sure that I am where I am supposed to be. Inspect me. Look for any sign of weakness or disease in me. When so, heal me and I will be healed.
I come now, to seek You, to inquire of You. There are so many things in my life that I need Your wisdom about, Your guidance, Your direction. I need Your strength to bear up under the challenges of the world today. And Your peace to sustain me through them.
I need Your patience where I need to wait, and Your boldness where I need to act. I want to see where You would have me join You in Your work so I don’t spend my energy on fruitless endeavors.
My part in this is to be sure my life is rid of idols. I will examine my actions, my attitudes, my relationships, to be sure nothing and no one is stealing my passion to live for You. Strengthen me with Your Word and with Your presence.
I am called by Your Name. I desire to live in obedience so that Your Name will be preserved and honored. Father, let my life glorify Your name. Amen