What does God look like? If He directly revealed Himself to you, how would you put it into words? That's the challenge in what we read in Ezekiel 1.
"Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God ... (the word of the Lord came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of the Lord came upon him.)" (Ezekiel 1.1,3)
What Ezekiel saw is described in detail in the following verses. We're left to try and visualize what he describes, and it may sound more like science fiction than fact. But, we will miss the main point if we bog down in the details; we'll miss the proverbial tree for the forest. The fact is, on a certain date and in a specific place, Creator God revealed Himself to a man named Ezekiel. God initiated an encounter to call and commission a man for a very important work.
The same applies to us. He reveals Himself to us through His Son to change, call, and commission us (read Ezekiel 2.1-5). His Spirit enters us at conversion (Act 2.38). As we are instructed through His word, we come to terms with His call to take His message and truth to a people who desperately need to hear.
Ezekiel's encounter and call is ours as well. A careful reading and study of Ezekiel 1 and 2 are important as we consider who He is, and what He calls us to do.
©Steve Taylor, 2017 --Used by permission