God issues a command.
At the same time the Spirit intervenes making obedience possible.
At the same time the Spirit enables us to hear.
That’s how it works.
God doesn’t expect us to act according to our own abilities.
God doesn’t commission us so we can muddle through as best we can.
Because of Christ’s work, we don’t have to wait, or hope, or pray for the Spirit to enter us.
He is already here.
So what are we lacking?
In the previous chapter, Ezekiel saw a vision of God’s glory, and he fell on his face in reverential awe, yielded and waiting.
There’s the key.
Reverence. Yieldedness. Patience.
Let the Spirit work.
(We are taking a much needed break. The next regular post will be July 7. The hymns will still post. Happy summer!)