On Experiencing God — Ezekiel 1:16 [a practical, devotional study of scripture]

Excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality

…above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it. Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around. Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking (Ezekiel 1:26–28, prompted from Devotional Sessions – Phil Rice).

Ask God to give you the capacity to experience him as you read and meditate on this scene. Read through this passage several times. What stands out to you about this depiction of God? The beauty? The intensity?

Now, invite God to settle this reality in your heart. This was a real moment in Ezekiel’s experience. He saw God here. God is really in heaven, a physical place. He is seated on a physical throne, actual glory and color emanating from his very being. This is not a symbol. This is reality.

Meditate on this reality a little longer. How does it make you feel? Does it change the way you perceive God? Does it change the way you perceive your life? your experience?

Write down anything that comes to mind and thank God for this new experience of him.

 

My personal engagement with this session

I am impacted by the reality of this scene. The more completely I come to experience this scene as a real event in a real place at a real time, the more I am able to transcend beyond the worries of this life. In the moments I can grab onto the reality of God in this way, my focus moves from my circumstances toward his glory. In following Christ, I have become grafted into communion with this God, with this glorious being.

God, allow me to more fully experience you as you are and less as I’ve made you to be. Break into my understanding with greater perspective and knowing.

 

An added note from Phil Rice

I hope you’ve benefited from this excerpt from Devotional Sessions | Practical Spirituality. Share this session with anyone you think would be impacted and don’t hesitate to leave questions or comments for our mutual benefit of continued conversation.

Thanks for journeying alongside,
Phil Rice

 

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