Have you ever watched a close basketball game where either team could easily walk away with a ‘W’? Then as the clock is winding down you see a play that (at least in your mind) is the game changer. The moment that particular play happens you know the other team (team B) is toast. There is not recovering from that dynamic blow! Nothing will be the same. The confidence is overwhelmingly with that one team (team A). Maybe it was a dominating dunk, or a threatening three pointer or even just an unbelievably spectacular shot. Whatever it is, you know – GAME OVER!!! You can turn the TV off and not even watch the final moments because nothing, and I mean nothing can change the momentum of the game.
The Bible as several of these game changing moments! (Right?) Just recently, I was reading in the book of Ezekiel (highly recommend!) and I saw a game changer in action. The first 39 chapters a recurring phrase appears 63x, “Then they will know that I am the Lord.” God proves HIS LORDSHIP time and again in the first 39 chapters. Chapter 40 brings a different tone (as I see it!) The New Temple and Temple area are measured. Now if I am going to be honest, I began to get blurred vision from boredom for two reasons: One: I can’t picture very well what Ezekiel is describing. Two: I have no idea what is coming – the game changer!
Ezekiel 40-42 talks about gates and their sizes, inside measurements, outside measurements, how many stairs here, how many stairs there, thirty rooms on this side, alcoves right here, tables over there, these rooms are for priests, this table is before the Lord… I can hear Charlie Brown’s teacher talking…”Wah, wah wah wah wah wah” (You get the idea, I can see your head bobbing and I can tell you are thinking about not finishing this article, but hang with me.) Then Chapter 43 opens up with this, “1Then the man brought me to the gate facing east” (Oh know I thought here we go again!) “2 and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roaring of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory.” It was like a slap in the face moment. It was a “I coulda had a V-8″ epiphany. What did I just read? God’s glory! Holy, holy, holy. It was a game changing moment in two forms, two timeframes: First was Ezekiel’s and the second one was mine! For Ezekiel, he saw the glory of God and it brought him to his knees while the glory of the Lord filled the Temple! He realized that he was standing on holy ground. And God’s message to Ezekiel was that earth was a resting place for HIS feet! (See Isaiah 66:1 and Psalm 99:5)
For me, I realized I had dangerously fallen prey to the lie that the Word of God is boring! My V8 moment, reminded me any time I think nothing important is going on in the Scripture I am reading, I MUST be drawn in closer to see the God of Heaven and Earth who calls me into HIS presence! It was a game changer for me! The God who wants to live with me and in me has blessed my life with HIS Word. I will never be the same. But don’t stop watching, the game isn’t over because God is still working on me and through me ALL FOR HIS GLORY! But the clock is still winding down…