Scripture: Ezekiel 14.
(What is God saying here?)
Ezekiel 14:1-3 (NLT)
1 Then some of the leaders of Israel visited me, and while they were sitting with me,
2 this message came to me from the LORD:
3 “Son of man, these leaders have set up idols in their hearts. They have embraced things that will make them fall into sin. Why should I listen to their requests?
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
God had spoken to Ezekiel many times about what was stopping Him from working mightily in and through the Israelites. In this particular passage, the leaders were visiting Ezekiel when he received a word from the Lord, and through Him God told these leaders something that could easily be said today to us. How can we expect to see God move in our midst, answer our prayers, work miracles among us, when we have filled our hearts, our lives, our homes, with things that set us up to sin? Are we really building ourselves up on God, or improving our relationship with God? Why should God listen to our prayers in our hour of desperation when that’s the only time that we really look to Him? God is a jealous God and He will not just watch us push Him aside and do our own thing without our relationship with Him being affected. We must learn to keep our minds fixed on God if we expect Him to continue to bless us and give us His best every day.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord I’m sure that You are well aware of the many temptations thrown at us by this old world. Many times these temptations come in the form of advertising to sell products that we don’t need, but nonetheless Satan throws his temptation at us knowing that he could easily suck us in through the advertising and/or the product. Idols are those things that distract us from You dear God. Please help me to destroy those idols that exist today in my life – anything that distracts me from You or that devours my time that could otherwise be used to draw closer to You. Please help me daily to evaluate decisions to participate in activities that might dilute my quality time with You. I may never understand why You loved me enough to sacrifice Your one and only Son to die for my sin, but I should always be reminded that I am the object of Your love and that everything that I see around me, and every good thing that I enjoy is a blessing from You. Thank You Lord for loving me so much. May I strive to love You in return through everything that I do or say.
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