Grace and peace be unto you.
The story is told that God advised Ezekiel to bake bread in the sight of the Israelites using human feces as fuel. However, Ezekiel objected to using human excrement as fuel. He stated that he had never defiled himself from his youth. He had not eaten any impure meat or anything found dead or torn by wild animals. God respected Ezekiel’s position and allowed him to bake the bread over cow dung instead of human feces (Ezekiel 4:12-15).
God listened to Ezekiel’s explanation and looked at his lifestyle and recognized that they were in sync. Hence, he was speaking the truth. He realized that in order to obey him, Ezekiel would go against his core beliefs. And so, out of respect for Ezekiel’s beliefs, he changed his instruction. Isn’t this amazing? Our great God cares about our beliefs to the extent that he is willing to alter his instructions.
It is interesting to note that in God’s eyes, it was not a sin to use human excrement as fuel, but it was wrong for Ezekiel. Evidently, Ezekiel’s faith was not as strong as God’s. Scripture says, Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters (Romans 14:1). We have a responsibility to respect each other’s beliefs regarding days of worship, eating meat or vegetables, among other issues. In the spirit of love, we are to avoid the temptation to prove that our beliefs are more pleasing to God (Romans 14).
God did not change his belief; he simply accommodated Ezekiel’s. He is asking us to do the same. As such, he is pleased when we remain true to our beliefs, while making room for those who are weaker in faith. In your daily interactions, do you accommodate the beliefs of others or are you more concerned with imposing your own?
Heavenly Father, thanks for the example that you have set, help us to live our lives accordingly. In Jesus’ name, amen.