Therefore say to the house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord God: Be converted, and depart from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations. For every man of the house of Israel, and every stranger among the proselytes in Israel, if he separate himself from me, and place his idols in his heart, and set the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and come to the prophet to inquire of me by him: I the Lord will answer him by myself.
Ezeckiel 14: 6-7 www.dbro.org
Lately, my eyes have been open to how much evil is within us. I would like to think that I was exempt from this but -no way, I see how much evil is within myself. I struggle each day with my many faults and weaknesses; trying to seek ways to connect with God and yet knowing how unworthy I am of His uncompromising love.
I look back at my past and even though I have never been truly rebellious, I still see how many times I went against what I knew to be right in my heart simply because I wanted to things my way. I think we all go through a huge part of our lives being hard-headed and trying to find a better way or “my way” to do things. We did it to our parents and our children do it to us; not listening. I can’t say I have a huge amount of experience (having lost my parents rather young) but I look back, would my life had been easier if I would have only listened to those who were older and wiser than myself or must we go through our own “troubles” to get to where we were meant to be? Obviously, God never promised our lives would be easy or free from strife. We are to embrace our lives even, our problems and to be willing to make sacrifices here on earth so that when we return home we are worthy of our place in heaven.
Help us Lord to joyfully embrace each and every day, even the days that are filled with hardship–for as long as You feel is necessary in order to prepare our heart for your Love.