Ezekiel, “the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.”
All creation has its purpose. Do you know the purpose for these four living beings?
“As I looked, behold, a high wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing intermittently and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like gleaming metal in the midst of the fire. And within it there were figures resembling four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form. Each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight, and their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they sparkled like polished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides were human hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them, their wings touched one another; their faces did not turn when they moved, each went straight forward. As for the form of their faces, each had a human face; all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle. Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being, and two covering their bodies. And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went. In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches moving among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire. And the living beings ran back and forth like bolts of lightning.” Chapter 1:4-14 NASB)
We can draw images of Ezekiel’s description, but our imagination can only guess at God’s purpose for creating these four living beings. God creates purposefully, and He had a unique purpose when He said, “Let Us make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness;” (Genesis 1:26 NASB) Do you know why you were created in God’s image and likeness?
To know Him
“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3 NASB)
To Love Him
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5 NASB)
To glorify Him
“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” (Revelation 4:11 NASB)
To enjoy Him
“The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup.
You support my lot.
The measuring lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.
Indeed, my inheritance is beautiful to me.
I will bless the Lord who has advised me.
Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.
I have set the Lord continually before me.
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore, my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices.
My flesh also will dwell securely.
For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
You will not allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
You will make known to me the way of life.
In Your presence is fullness of joy.
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” (Psalm 16:5-11 NASB)
Life can be difficult when we forget or neglect our purpose for being.