Room of Pictures

I was reading in Ezekiel a couple of days ago, a pretty visionary, trippy-like kind of book. He was in the middle of a vision from God where he was led into the court of the LORD and asked to enter in. Seventy some elders of Israel appeared to Ezekiel and they were all offering up incense to idols.

God says to him, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the dark, each in his room of pictures?” (8:12, ESV)


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I started to think about my own dark room of pictures and wondered what’s framed in mine, hidden from the world and God, or so I think. It’s not a pleasant question to ask yourself, but I’ve also been reading a book about finding God’s purpose for my life and the day before I read this, I was challenged to identify the idols in my life, aka:  anything getting in the way of God being first. And then I was asked to surrender my idols to God.

Interestingly enough, I came across this verse as well the next day. “His beautiful ornament they used for pride, and they made their abominable images and their detestable things of it. Therefore I make it an unclean thing to them.” –God (Ezekiel 7:20, ESV)

This verse is provocative in that God gives us plenty of good gifts, but we can rapidly take a good God gift and morph it into something we hold in higher esteem than God, we begin to worship it. A God gift can become an idol.

For me, reading was exposed as an idol. I devour books, mainly fiction. I read to escape. Yesterday I surrendered reading to my LORD. It was very intriguing to watch God move in new ways through my surrender. One result was a job interview today. How many greater things have I lost out on due to my lack of idol surrender?

What is framed in your dark room of pictures? Which good gifts of God have you idolized, spending more time, energy, heart-sweat there than for God? Are you willing to surrender your idols and watch God move?

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