by: Carole L. Haines
9 Then those of you who escape will remember Me among the nations to which they will be carried captive, how I have been hurt by their adulterous hearts which turned away from Me, and by their eyes which played the harlot after their idols; and they will loathe themselves in their own sight for the evils which they have committed, for all their abominations. (Ezekiel 6:9 NASB)
Imagine the face of God as He spoke these words, “how I have been hurt by their adulterous hearts which turned away from Me.” I don’t know how much we attribute emotions to God, but He has them. I believe that is part of how we are made in God’s image, being emotional beings. I looked up the word “hurt,” and discovered that it means: to quench, break in pieces, shatter, torn, broken-hearted, literally to burst. I was shocked at the strong visuals that this meaning evoked in me. Most of us have heard of quenching the Spirit, but this definition takes it quite a few steps deeper in. This word was used in describing, the shattering the Tablets of the Ten Commandments at the foot of the mountain by Moses (Exodus 32:19 NASB). This Word was used in referring to the breaking down of idols, such as Baal, and Asherah, and shattering them in to pieces. I don’t take sin seriously enough. Listen to what Genesis 6 says: “ Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” O, how I take the Grace of Jesus Christ for granted, this precious unmerited favor from God, bought at such a priceless sacrifice. My, how my heart sank when I read those words this morning, “how they hurt Me.” Precious God, forgive me for taking your Grace for granted. For hurting and grieving your heart when I do not take sin seriously enough, but treat it flippantly.
My Dearest Jesus, Holy Spirit of God, incline my heart toward You, toward living right before you. I know you saved me from my sins, but you desire truth, and purity, in the innermost being. Continue this cleansing work of sanctification in my life; for your Glory, the good of others, and my own inner peace. In Jesus’ Name. Amen