Devotional

Digging With Permission

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“Then said he unto me, Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.” (Ezekiel 8:8,9)

There is an evil investigation into things where our eyes are lifted up and we exercise ourselves in matters too high for us. God often calls us not to fret and to leave something alone. Some things we do well to be ignorant of. But then there is a good investigation where God wants us to dig and learn about something.

God took Ezekiel into the inner sanctum of the temple so he could see the idolatry that was going on there. When God wishes to unveil something to us we choose to be ignorant of it at our own risk. We are not to naively believe everything we hear; but we are to test the spirits to see whether they are of God. This testing involves more than seeing whether something has fruit or results; it involves what kind of a root or tree the fruit stems from. Too many are unwilling to investigate what they are into. They are content that things look good from the outside.

If God tells you to dig, dig; if He tells you to leave it alone, leave it alone. Be blind when He wants you blind; and be a “detective” when He tells you to “search out a matter.” Your mind is not your own. Yield it to God. Put it on what He wants you to put it on and remove it from where it doesn’t belong.

“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” (Proverbs 25:2)


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.