Today you should read: Ezekiel 14
In Ezekiel 14 we read about a very familiar word/concept… idolatry.
An Idol is anything that we put before God. Anything that is on the throne of our heart instead of God. As we see here idols are often hidden… the only people that know are you and God.
These men that came to Ezekiel were elders (v.1-5). They looked good on the outside to everyone else but something on the inside was off. God was not functioning as the God of their lives. They had allowed an idol to grip their heart (v.3). We don’t know what it was but we know it was sin and if not dealt with it would wreak havoc on them.
So God, through Ezekiel called them to REPENTANCE. To lay down their idols and place God back on the throne of their heart. Whenever sin is exposed in our lives, repentance is the only proper response.
But I love how Ezekiel went further… He explained the WHY. He didn’t just call them out on their sin and call them to repent but he reminded them why…
“But that they may by MY people and I may be their God, declares the Lord God.” (v16)
God desires to be our God. He loves us. He is for us. He desires that relationship. He isn’t a cold hearted God who is saying don’t have other gods but a tender hearted gentle God who out of His love is telling us what is best for us.
1) Where are idols in your life? How can you take them off the throne and put God on the throne?
2) How does this truth of God from verse 16 encourage you?
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate – College
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