17 “You also took your beautiful jewels made of My gold and of My silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself male images that you might play the harlot with them.

 18 “Then you took your embroidered cloth and covered them, and offered My oil and My incense before them.

 19 “Also My bread which I gave you, fine flour, oil and honey with which I fed you, you would offer before them for a soothing aroma; so it happened,” declares the Lord GOD.

 20 “Moreover, you took your sons and daughters whom you had borne to Me and sacrificed them to idols to be devoured. Were your harlotries so small a matter?

 21 “You slaughtered My children and offered them up to idols by causing them to pass through the fire.

– Ezekiel 16: 17-21

This indictment against the nation of Judah by God (via Ezekiel) struck me as profound. Intellectually, we know that everything we have comes from God. We know that sin is ugly and terrible. However, I have never considered this kind of imagery of us taking God’s gifts and using them to fuel our own sin and lusts. This idea of Israel being an adulterous wife is common in the Bible. It applies to us as well though.

Imagine, if you are married, taking the ring off your finger, melting it down to fashion some new ring that you then give to your secret lover. Not stopping there, you continue to withdraw money from your joint account with your spouse to buy lavish gifts for your lover. The parallel could continue into even uglier comparisons that unfortunately, truly do happen in reality. Most of us cannot relate to such literal treachery, yet our own sin is no less treacherous.

No matter the sin with which we struggle, we most likely don’t stop to think about how we are taking the gifts of God and perverting them in this same way. Our bodies and the short time we have on earth are not our own creation. They are the gifts of a loving Creator. Even something as seemingly harmless as watching a bad TV show…we are using his resources and the limited time he has allotted to us to put trash into our minds and dull us to his voice. We really need to try and see every situation as one in which we are stewards of valuable commodities, rather than spoiled little rich kids who have no boundaries.

Fortunately, God is gracious. I’m a living testimony to his mercies. He is quick to forgive and quick to bless if we can get our hearts in a place of brokenness and submission.

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