As I read through the book of Ezekiel 8, I felt a way about God I’ve never felt before. I felt the pain, anger, sorrow and sadness in His words.
The Lord was hurt.
The children of Israel in the Old Testament proved to be one of the most rebellious group of people to ever live. God gave them everything they asked for; great leaders, kings, food, water, peace, dominion etc. Their daily needs were provided yet they rebelled against God.
God lifted up Ezekiel at a point and showed him what the Israelites were up to.
What they did in the dark when no one was watching; the incense they burnt to lesser gods, the idol worshipping and all sorts of abomination. God was hurt and disappointed. He was angry and promised judgement on Israel.
He handpicked Israel out of many nations to be His people, they were close to His heart yet they neglected God. How painful?!
It was not God’s intention to be angry with His children. He loved them very much that even in His anger there remained compassion; He had strong fatherly love for them.
“Oh how can I give up, Israel?
How can I let you go?
How can I destroy you like Admah or demolish you like Zeboiim?
My heart is torn within me and my compassion overflows”.
Our generation is no different, if not worse. Just like the children of Israel, we are playing the harlot; running to everything but God for solution. Seeking contentment in material things; worshipping our houses, money, cars, titles, fornication, adultery, malice, unforgiveness etc.
Do we realise that the King of kings Himself handpicked us from the lot? Do we know that we are dear to His heart and called according to His will and purpose?
1 Peter 2:9
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim His praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light”.
It is heartbreaking even as human to give your all to someone and not have your love reciprocated. I believe it hurts God too when we turn our backs on Him. I don’t know about you but the thought of my actions grieving God carries an unpleasant feeling to my heart. We shouldn’t take God back to when He regretted creating man (Genesis 6:6).
Christ desires to be pleased with us and not to feel hurt by us.
When we truly know who we are in Christ, there would be no desire in us to go against His will, we would love Him and reject the world. I pray that we return this amazing love given to us by God through His son Jesus Christ.
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.”
I’m praying for you,