March 2 – Devotion

Date: March 2, 2017

Scripture: Ezekiel 14

“Son of man, these men have taken their idols into their hearts, and set the stumbling block of their iniquity before their faces. Should I indeed let myself be consulted by them?” (Ezek. 14:3, ESV)

The first two of the Ten Commandments addresses the issue of other gods. The first commandment says, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3, ESV), while the second says, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them nor serve them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God . . .” (vv. 4-5).

Idols in our hearts can cause God to refuse to listen to our prayers. An idol is anything that takes the place of God. It can be anything to which we devote our time and energy or for which we make sacrifices because we love it or serve it. Clearly, an idol can be a sinful thing, but it can also be a seemingly good thing. For example, we can make an idol out of a career. There is nothing wrong with a career, but if it is more important than God, then it has become an idol. We can make an idol out of a relationship or out of a husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend. If any is more important than God, then it has become an idol. We can make idols out of just about anything—money, success, recognition, material possessions (cars, houses, collectibles), knowledge, or even people. And if we have idols in our hearts, then God may not allow himself to be consulted by us.
As God said to the prophet Ezekiel, “Son of man, these men have taken their idols into their hearts, and set the stumbling block of their iniquity before their faces. Should I indeed let myself be consulted by them?” (Ezekiel 14:3,  ESV).

Prayer for the Journey: O God, examine my heart, and cleanse me of any idols you find there. Show me anything on which I spend too much time, effort or money. Identify anyone I lean on more than you. I want my heart to be fully and wholly yours. Help me to be faithful in this important allegiance and trust in you.

Prepared by Jim Gifford


4 Responses to “March 2 – Devotion”

  1. Christine Morrow says:

    Beautiful thank you Jim.

  2. Bill Stanford says:

    Thanks Jimmies

  3. Christine Philley says:

    I am enjoying so much the devotionals and reading the Bible through. We have found places of service at our new church here in Montgomery and feel that it is such a blessing to be close to our children and grandchildren, but we do miss you all! I am looking forward to all the devotionals.

  4. Debbie Keen says:

    Thank you, Jim!

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