Spiritual AdrenalineDaily Thoughts
Ezekiel 3:14 “The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the LORD upon me”
This scripture comes just after Ezekiel’s calling from God, as he had just received instruction to go to the Israelites to prophesy to them. What is clear is that it was a tough calling, it was not easy and God did not promise instant success. God made it clear that the Israelites would not listen to him and that all of Ezekiel’s efforts to change them would be futile, but he was still sent to them.
After he had received his calling from God, the Spirit took Ezekiel away ‘in bitterness and anger of his spirit’. Why would Ezekiel be bitter? Why would he be angry? Surely he would be honored to receive such a great and challenging calling?
I don’t think Ezekiel’s anger and bitterness was bad or sinful, I think it was spiritual. I think he felt the same way we all feel when we put ourselves out there for God, and it doesn’t go as expected. I know there are times when I have strayed a great distance outside my comfort zone to the point where I feel weak, nervous and intense. I know that when I leave the situation and meditate on it I feel exactly what Ezekiel felt. My Spirit is raging and uncomfortable and all I can taste is the bitter experience that I have just been through. I think what this is, is just a nervousness and intensity surrounding us, whenever we step outside our comfort zone. It’s Spiritual Adrenaline.
Our heart rate increases, we get emotional, we can’t stop thinking about it, we don’t know whether to be proud of our courage or ashamed of our weakness. One thing is for sure…living outside your comfort zone is not easy! Not before, not during and not even after you have stepped out.
Luke 22:44 “He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood”
This is exactly what Jesus experienced the night before he was to be crucified, he felt such an agony in his spirit, such a great intensity and burden on him that he was sweating blood. Jesus was full of natural and spiritual adrenaline.
I guess we experience this phenomenon without actually really understanding it. Because as we step into new territory, outside of our comfort zone, the forces of evil are quick to attack us and to force us back into ‘safe zone’. One thing we know though, is that as we move…God moves! As we step outside of our comfort zone, we experience a fight not often to our knowledge, and because of this we experience Spiritual Adrenaline.
Are you fighting?