Although my heartbeat and oxygen is the work of God in Manning, I am a Real Estate Broker by trade. From time to time, I have the misfortune to witness people become evicted from their homes. Some are evicted from rental homes because of lack of payment to their landlord; others because they lost their jobs or a nasty divorce is impending and neither party can maintain the mortgage payments on their own. Some take as much as they can carry in cars and pickup trucks, clearing out every single appliance and fixture, all the way down to the faucets and door knobs. Others, will defeatedly walk away, leaving pictures, toys and even things that would seem sentimental. Its almost as though the walls cry out, “What happened to my family…why did they leave me?” I would be lying if I said it does not affect me deeply.
This morning, I was reading about God being evicted from His own house. Yes, you heard me correctly…God was evicted. How, do you say, was the Almighty God, who created the universe kicked out of his own abode? Ezekiel, Chapter eight tells the whole sorrowful story. The All-Seeing-God came to His prophet, Ezekiel, and said “Son of man, have you seen what the ELDERS of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols?” He said in verse six that they “make Me go far away from My sanctuary.” It seems that the elders of Israel (Church folk) were bringing all manner of idols into their homes because they felt God was not answering them fast enough, and evidently needed a little help from the pagan idols they were supposed to abstain from.
Perhaps the greatest abomination of all was described in verse sixteen, “ So he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house; and there, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the LORD and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east.” Clearly, these were the Levites (priests) who had turned their backs to the LORD and had stooped to worshiping a false sun god, when they had the LORD God of the universe at their disposal to meet every need. Their blatant lack of trust was the root of their abominations. This LORD had shown Himself faithful hundreds of thousands of times throughout their history; however, they still chose to create their own useless deliverer. Joel 2:17 charges the priests who minister to the LORD, to “weep between the porch and the altar.” In other words, the priests were to acknowledge the sins of the people and be so moved and stirred by them that they intervene with tears and repentance on behalf of the people who have sinned.
As HIS prophets and church leaders, have we forgotten what sin really is? Have we been exposed SO long to the politically correct generation that we have MINIMIZED the end result of sin by renaming it? Even in our churches, it is no longer popular to call sin, “sin”….it is rather, “mistakes, misjudgments, bad decisions, bad choices.” We can mask it with words that aren’t as impactful as “SIN” but does that change the essence of what it really is? Does our verbage make the impending judgment sin causes any less horrific? NO! Somehow we have it in our finite minds that we can will God to change the end of sin. How do I know this? Let me ask you this question…When was the last time you went to a funeral and the preacher preached the deceased person into hell? I’d dare say you have NEVER been to a funeral of this sort, because in our limited thinking, we have deceived ourselves into believing that no one goes to hell anymore. Do we need to smear people’s sin in their faces? God forbid! We do, however, need to acknowledge our own sins; REPENT of them and TEACH others to do the same. The Scriptures are FILLED with testimonies of people who acknowledged their sin, repented and turned from their evil ways, and it always moved God’s heart to turn back and come to their aid.
Are you wondering where God is? Is He not moving as fast as you would like and have prayed He would? Could just be that God has you going through a time of trusting…. But, could it be that there is some sin in your life that is not pleasing Him? Could it be that you are not TRUSTING Him to be your supplier and have leaned on other means? I will, no doubt, catch some flack from good ole “Church folk” who get their feathers ruffled because I have stirred their nest with this post. I say WE ALL need to examine our hearts, homes and minds for idols that we may have placed before HIM. It may be that the LORD will see our transparency and turn His heart toward our needs!