Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones
Today’s scripture selection: Ezekiel 13-18
Key verse: Ezekiel 14:3
The ancient prophets were always providing their audience with choices.
Those choices were about happiness or sorrow; growth or stagnation; faithfulness or idolatry; life or death.
Sometimes the people chose correctly – too often they ignored the prophets’ pleading and chose incorrectly.
The book of Ezekiel speaks of such a choice in this way:
The LORD says, “Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all?”
Stumbling blocks – that’s what the “idols” they had chosen for themselves were – nothing more.
But, along with the condemnation, came a word of grace and hope. If they would put the idols aside – and return to God – they would be accepted again: stumbling blocks that could become stepping stones.
We are no different.
All of our life choices, especially our spiritual ones, can be either stumbling blocks or stepping stones; ways blocking our path to God or ways leading to Him.
I invite you to look at all the choices that present themselves daily – at least the major ones.
I doubt God cares too much about what you eat for lunch or what you wear to work or what football team you cheer for. (Although I know a few sports enthusiasts who would disagree with me on that one.)
But I think God cares very much about whether you live out your personal, work, family life, and your life as a citizen according to the guiding principles provided in the Bible.
Stumbling blocks – or stepping stones – it’s all a matter of choice.
Prayer: Lord, may I set aside the idols of my heart that are sometimes tempting – choosing you instead. AMEN.