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Forgetting the True Reason – Monday January 08, 2018

Forgetting the True Reason
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Topic: Forgetting the True Reason  “Our Daily Journey [Monday January 08, 2018]

Scripture: You were adorned with gold and silver. Your clothes were made of fine linen . . . and were beautifully embroidered. You ate the finest foods . . . and became more beautiful than ever. You looked like a queen, and so you were! (Ezekiel 16:13).

Read: Ezekiel 16:1-34

Tim Keller aptly expressed the spiritual state of humanity when he wrote, “Everything that troubles [us] is a result of idolatry. And what is idolatry? It’s taking a good thing and making it an ultimate thing.” View nearly any form of visual media today and you’ll see that we’ve exchanged our worship of the Creator for the created. We were designed by God to respond to beauty—His beauty. But the promise of perfection and the temptation of power draw us to lesser gods. Food, sex, fashion, you name it. Our bodies have become our idols.

A picture of God’s adoption of Israel and their rejection of Him, Ezekiel 16 expresses the idolatry of a nation in language of intimacy and betrayal. While it might be easy to distance ourselves historically from the imagery of this passage, its truth applies to us today. We “came naked from [our] mother’s womb” (Job 1:21) with nothing to offer but our broken, marred humanity covered in the blood of our sin (Ezekiel 16:4-6Romans 3:10). A protective and covenant-keeping God rescued us (Ezekiel 16:7-8), and we’ve been transformed by His love (Ezekiel 16:9-13).

But we’re tempted to forget (Ezekiel 16:15). Enticed by the world and all it offers, we turn our affection toward the voices of people and seek their affirmation. Like the Israelites, our strength, our beauty, our very talents, can become the lure drawing us into idolatrous relationship to our culture (Ezekiel 16:16-19,33-34). Sadder still, we may pass on our idolatrous tendencies to the next generation by teaching them to fit in rather than stand out (Ezekiel 16:20-21).

True hope doesn’t forget the One who rescued us. May we remember that God’s forgiveness restores what was lost, and our worship of Him reclaims our inheritance.

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: Genesis 11:1-9

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