09/05/23 Idolatry, Again

READING: Ezekiel 14-16  

I am halted today by the reality of idolatry again. I think not only of those around the world who literally worship idols they made with their own hands, but also those who fall into idolatry in less obvious ways. Indeed, I recognize things in my life that could easily reach the level of idolatry should I not continually check my heart through the work of the Spirit in me. 

What most catches my attention is the reality of idolatry in the face of God’s loving care. Here is what God did for His people according to today’s word: “I pledged myself to you, entered into a covenant with you—this is the declaration of the Lord God—and you became mine” (Ezek 16:8). That word drips with love and grace—so much so that I simply want to read the words over and over again. 

Still, the people turned to their idols, practiced immorality, and even sacrificed children to false gods. They became an “adulterous wife” to the Lord.

In mercy and grace, however, the Lord would remember “the covenant I made with you in the days of your youth” (Ezek 16:60). God remembers His covenant with His people even when they seem not to remember Him.

PERSONAL REFLECTION: How much do you think about God’s grace?  About idolatry?    

PRAYER: “Thank You, God, for loving me like You do.”   

TOMORROW’S READING: Ezekiel 17-20 

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