“…and you shall know…”

I was struck this morning, as I did my personal devotional time in the LIFE Journal, of something very clear. I was reading through Ezekiel and he’s talking about how his people are going to come to some very hard times. Then, after nearly every statement on that regard, he says, “…and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

Then he says he’s doing it so that no one will stray again and finally in Revelation it said that everyone will acknowledge him as Lord. 
It’s as if he’s saying, “Yes, hard times are coming, but I’m doing it so you will know that I am Lord, and you will turn back to me.” In other words God is watching out for us, even when we don’t like it. He’s watching out for us even when it’s hard. The goal? To get us to acknowledge him again.
It made me think of Pharaoh drowning in the Red Sea. I wondered if he was thinking, in his last thoughts, “You know, that God guy, he really is the Lord!” 

I want to live in such a way that God is MY God! I want to acknowledge Him every day. I want to live where He leads me. Yet, I often wonder why we wait for the hard times? Why do we wait till someone dies, till we are in financial crisis, till our relationships have gone to the pits, or why we are sick before we turn to the Lord? Why can’t we learn to acknowledge him in the good times too?