Turning Our Backs

Ezekiel 8:16
And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

These men were so close to where the living God dwelt among His people, and yet they turned their backs on Him to worship the sun instead.  Their hearts were bowing in worship and adoration, and yet it was to something instead of the God who made all things.  The sacrifice of praise was upon their lips, but they sang to the creation instead of the Creator.  The light they looked to was a light that God had commanded to shine forth with just a word.  They neglected God’s altar and instead turned toward something that could never help them, could never fellowship with them, could never love them back.

Have we turned our backs on God in any area of our lives?  Are we worshiping something in His creation more than Him?  Are we ignoring or neglecting Him, seeking out something we think is better?  Have we chosen to follow something that leads us away from His true path?  Does our outward appearance make it look like we are abiding close to God while our hearts are actually turning away from Him?

We’re not immune to going astray, and our choice doesn’t have to be as overt as worshiping the sun instead of God.  In fact, we can be very much involved in God’s work and in serving in His house and yet spiritually have our backs turned to Him.  We can appear as though we are following Him when in reality we’ve pushed Him out of our lives and sought after something else.  We can be very religious and not be doing anything at all that is pleasing to God.

Let us examine closely what we are worshiping in our lives.  Is it God alone?  Are we standing near His temple and yet turning away from Him?  If we find anything standing between us and God, let us bring it before Him.  If we find ourselves allowing something to take a higher and more prominent place in our lives than God Himself, let us lay it at His feet.  If something shiny and bright has pulled our attention, our focus, and our hearts away from God, let us recognize that and forsake that shining sun for the holy brightness that comes from God and His Son.

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