Today’s blog will sort of be a summary of my thoughts on Ezekiel chapter 8. To tell you the truth, what first drew me to Ezekiel was the fact that I couldn’t really recall if I’d ever read any part of the book before, and let me tell you; when I was reading it I wasn’t really sure if I could get anything from it, personally. The book is heavily filled with prophecies and I just wasn’t sure if I could glean some titbits from the heaviness of the prophecies but thank God, I was proven wrong.
Ezekiel highlights to us God’s frustrations with the children of Israel and their constant disregard of Him and their adulterous hearts. Chapter 8 in particular gave reason to God’s anger in that we see first-hand the detestable things being done in God’s temple. Amidst all these things, what really got to me was the fact that the Israelites lamented in the temple that God wasn’t there and so they turned to foreign idols and idol worship. This really struck a chord within me and to be honest, it’s something that God is still teaching me; that I need to live with the consciousness that God is in my midst. It humbled me in that it made me think of how many times I’ve been to church and subconsciously I knew that God was there but in reality, it wasn’t conscious in my mind. This has been playing so heavily in my mind that whenever I have the privilege to be in church, I just cannot forget that God is actually in the midst. I don’t want to be like the Israelites and lose sight of God when He’s standing so close to me. I don’t want to become so comfortable that I forget whose sanctuary I’m in and the reason why I’m there.
He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel
are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol?
They say, ‘The Lord does not see us; the Lord has forsaken the land.’”
Ezekiel 8:12 (NIV)
I don’t know… I just feel like God has really been challenging me in this field and in my thinking. I know for sure that there have been times when I’ve felt like God isn’t listening to me, and like the Israelites, have sought out another answer for myself whether that be trusting that so so and so person will be able to help me or by trusting in my own power and abilities. But I’ve had to be conscious that God is here, that He’s with me even and especially when I feel like He’s not there and He’s not listening. It pains me to think that God was in His temple yearning for His children to worship Him and seek His face but instead his children, in his vicinity, turned their backs to Him and in His own house worshipped other gods and praised them for what He (God) did. It genuinely breaks my heart.