March 6 – Devotion

Date: March 6, 2017

Scripture: Ezekiel 20

And I said to them,“Cast away the detestable things your eyes feast on, every one of you, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.” (Eze. 20:7, ESV)

In today’s reading, God gives Ezekiel a message for the leaders of Israel who came seeking a message from the Lord. The message God sends, however, is probably not what the leaders had in mind.

In our passage, God tells Ezekiel to remind them of the gross sins of their ancestors. He reminds them that Israel was His chosen people. God had promised to be their God and God of their descendants. He had promised to rescue them and to give them the Promised Land. But they rebelled against God, refused to listen, and worshiped their idols and foreign gods.

God goes on in verse 30 to instruct Ezekiel to remind the leaders that they are following the sinful patterns of their ancestors. Obviously, they have not learned from their ancestors how sin brings consequences. They want to commune with God while still worshiping other idols and gods, but our God, then and now, wants to be the sole object of our worship.

We desire deep communion with the Lord, but we continue to yield ourselves to so many other gods. Maybe we don’t bow in worship to a wooden or stone image, but do we allow our hearts to worship things other than the Lord? I’m afraid that so many times, we worship our schedules, our careers, our families, our spouses, our hobbies, and our own selves that God must want to say to us as He did to the Israelites, in effect, “Go ahead and worship your idols for now…..because soon I will no longer let you dishonor me….” (v. 39) 

Today, may you and I willingly lay aside the things that stand between us and God. What is it today that you need to lay down? As the Lord brings to mind those things that hinder your walk with Him, confess to Him. Let’s not allow our communion with God to suffer any further.

The words to the old hymn by Helen Lemmel (1922) remind us,

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!
 
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
 
Let’s confess our sins and through God’s power have victory over the sins which so easily ensnare us.

Prayer for the Journey: Father, show me the things in my life that separate me from You. Forgive me for the things in my life that have become idols. Help me to lay them down today. I give you alone my worship.

Prepared by Tim Moak


6 Responses to “March 6 – Devotion”

  1. Jim G says:

    Meaningful, thought-provoking amd challenging. Thanks Tim.

  2. Bob says:

    Very good sruff today TIme. Thanks. Have a Blessed Day! Deut 31:8

  3. C Kelly says:

    . . .the things of earth will grow strangely dim. . .’ what a wonderful message sent through this meaningful verse. Help me today and every day put aside the distractions that have the power to isolate me from the Lord.
    Every day’s devotional thoughts haven spoken to me. Thank you, Writers.

  4. Debbie Keen says:

    Thank you, Tim, for today’s devotion!

  5. Marlene Amick says:

    Tim, this was a wonderful devotional today. Thank you so much for the time you give to the Lord in teaching us His Word and leading us through His Word in music. We do appreciate you…..to God be the Glory, Great things He hath done. Thank you

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