Idols | Ezekiel 14:6
Ezekiel 14:6 "Therefore say to the people of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!’”
Even in exile, Israel still had their challenges. Even after being disciplined for their rebellion, they continued to worship idols. So God addressed the sin. He always does.
The insidious issue of idols is not so much the object. After all, the object is an inanimate piece of wood, stone, or metal. It cannot see, hear, or respond. But God explained that when we bow before anything other than Him, we set up idols in our hearts (Eze.14:3). The heart, the center of our mind, emotion, and will, becomes divided. We internalize our idols and it (or they) becomes the focus of our heart. Our idols normally don’t show up in the form of a statue. But rather they are the heart emotions of lust, greed, avarice, pride, self-absorption, self-promotion, jealousy, appearance. The insidious issue of idols is not the “thing” but what the thing represents.
So, here’s today’s question: Do you have anything, besides God, set up in your heart? If so, “This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ‘Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!’”
Father, we pause now to evaluate our hearts. Examine us. Show us what is inside. Give us a good look at our sin. Then, give us the strength and commitment to turn from that thing that turns us from You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.