In Ezekiel 16, God compares the people of Jerusalem to an orphaned newborn. He rescued this infant, naked and crying, from abandonment and clothed her and gave her all the comforts of life. However, as she grew older and more comfortable, she forgot who God was and how he had rescued her. Instead she turned to idolatry and used the blessings God had given her for activities that didn’t honor God. She deserved his wrath and judgment for breaking their covenant and would get just that. When God’s wrath was satisfied, though, he promised a new covenant and to wrap that abandoned orphan in his arms once again with love.
If we look at our own walk with Christ, we may see the same story unfold. When we were first saved and accepted Christ as our personal savior, we were grateful for our forgiveness and ensnared by him and all of the blessings he provided. But as time passes, we get comfortable with our relationship with Christ. Our quiet times, Bible studies, church attendance all become routine and comfortable. We lose the passion we once felt for the God who rescued us from abandonment; it’s replaced with contentment and self-service. We begin to use the things we’ve been blessed with for self-gratification. The bonus at work goes towards a “long-deserved” vacation. Our focus moves from serving the Lord with our talents to serving ourselves and gaining attention from others. We look toward society for reassurance and approval before God. Our relationship with the Lord has become stagnant and comfortable, so we look for other forms of excitement. God looks down on us as he did the people of Jerusalem, deserving of punishment. The difference is that since Jerusalem’s fall, he has sent his son to die on the cross for our sins. We don’t have to suffer the Lord’s wrath because Christ did. God offers us a new covenant, promise, relationship if we confess that our lives have become our own and are no longer in service to him. He longs to restore that passion of the newly rescued orphan and provide for us once again. He opens his arms in love to draw us near to him and enjoy the personal relationship he created us for. We must simply recognize the shift in our lives, repent, and return to him.
Lord, I’m sorry that my relationship with you has become stagnant and passionless. Father, I pray that you forgive me for using your blessings to please myself and the world instead of you. I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Thank you so much for making the ultimate sacrifice of your son so that our relationship can be renewed. Please, Father, take my life again and let it be used for your purposes and glory.