“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” (Ezekiel 1:1).

Visions of God, the word of God, and the reassurance of God’s presence among his people, came to Ezekiel not in the Temple, nor in Jerusalem, but among the exiles in the land of the Chaldeans (v.3). The exile experience would see Jerusalem destroyed, families displaced, the socio/economic infrastructure decimated, and a forced migration to Babylon. Even so, the testimony of the prophet is that they are neither alone nor forgotten; God is with them. Wherever you are, and whatever your present circumstances, you can be certain that it is but a providentially placed page within the still-being-written history of God’s redemptive purposes.

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