Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 20-21
Today’s Reflection: Ezekiel 20:32
“What is in your mind shall never happen—the thought, ‘Let us be like the nations, like the tribes of the countries, and worship wood and stone.’
Throughout the book of Ezekiel, God has given His prophet judgments against the children of Israel for their sins and described His punishments meant to get their attention and return their fidelity to Him. But here God actually says He will prevent their sin before they can commit it. The very thought to serve idols and give them credit for what only God has (and only God could) do for them will never be allowed to happen. Their corrupted and sinful minds are the only places where that reality will exist—where people can sin and live peaceably.
The same is true for us. When we contemplate sin and allow it to tempt us, we imagine ourselves avoiding the penalties and pain associated with it. We imagine affairs without threatening marriages or families, theft without the owners of the stolen property missing it, taking vengeance on our enemies with no possibility of reprisals, and quite literally getting away with murder. Our imaginings are the only place where such a reality can exist.
God’s commandments are to morality as the laws of gravity and thermodynamics are to the physical world: they cannot be broken without consequence. Sin ultimately brings death because sin by definition opposes everything associated with life. The only place where sin and life can comfortably co-exist is in a mind warped and broken by sin, and in such a state it becomes difficult to even tell good from evil anymore.
Proverbs 4:19 – The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.
In such a state only God can show man the sin that so easily holds him back (Hebrews 12:1). Thank God for THE Light who makes it possible for us to be free from the darkness of sin.
John 12:46 – I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.