But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. ~Ezekiel 2:8
When I see the dentist, he or the hygienist will always say, “Please open your mouth wide.” When we feed little children, we frequently have to tell them, “Open your mouth. Open wider. Please open your mouth wide.” God, in His wisdom, knows that we are like little children, and has to give us a similar instruction. Let us see three times when God instructs us to open our mouths.
We must open wide our mouth wide in receiving.
God told Ezekiel, “Open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.” This is a powerful instruction on the feeding of our soul with the Word of God. In Ezekiel 3:1-2, Ezekiel was commanded to eat a roll containing God’s message. “Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.” Jesus said that “man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” We must make the eating of God’s Word a daily habit. We must eat all the counsel of God, and not “cherry pick” what we want. Many spiritual lives are deficient because they only live off of what they want to eat and not the entire counsel of God. We must open our mouths wide and take in all that we can. Never underestimate the importance of having an appetite for God’s Word.
We must open wide our mouth wide in repeating.
“But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house” (Ezekiel 3:27). Preaching is God’s ordained method for communicating His gospel and truth to this world. The preacher must get his messages directly from God and His Word. God never gives a preacher a message that contradicts His Word. His Word is timeless and transcends cultures and trends. Our message is “thus saith the Lord.” Our priority must be, “I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more” (Numb. 22:18). Whether it is an evangelistic message, a comforting message, an exhortational message, a prophetic message, or a message of rebuke, let us be careful to repeat it as God instructs us.
We must open wide our mouth in requesting.
“I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it” (Psalm 81:10). This verse is an encouragement to prayer and supplication. We are to step out in faith when we pray. We are to stretch beyond our limit and imagination in what we ask God to do. God compels us to pray impossible prayers. God compels us to pray incredible prayers. God compels us to pray risky prayers. God wants to answer our prayers. God wants to bless our faith. Jabez opened his mouth wide when he prayed for God to bless him. Jacob opened his mouth wide when he prayed for God to bless him. The church at Jerusalem opened its mouth wide in asking for boldness. It opened its mouth wide again in praying Peter out of prison. Opening our mouth wide is bold praying. It is praying that knows that there is nothing God can’t do.
How wide is your mouth open? Open your mouth wide!
Have an enlarged God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Nehemiah 1-3