Week 26 Friday

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.

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