You can see the lump covered up by the bedsheets. The kids said they cleaned their room, but there is a pile of clothes wadded up under the made bed. You wonder to yourself, “How dumb do they think I am!”
In Ezekiel 8, God takes Ezekiel by a vision to the Temple in Jerusalem. By way of a divinely-led tour, Ezekiel witnessed the wickedness of the people. Throughout the Temple there are idols. The women are crying after Tammuz, the men are worshiping the sun, and there are other assorted idols for anyone and everyone’s pleasure. They do not try to hide it. Brazenly, they worship the gods that make them happiest and fulfill them most.
The tour takes a spooky turn when Ezekiel sees a hole in the wall. God tells him to dig into the wall, and Ezekiel finds a secret door beneath the plaster. When he enters the secret places of the Temple court he is horrified. The room is full of every kind of idol and the leaders of Israel are worshiping them devotedly and whispering to one another, “The Lord seeth us not” (Ezekiel 8:12).
Let’s take a tour of another temple—your life. “Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you” (1 Corinthians 6:19). Sometimes we brazenly place our idols on display. We tell ourselves, “God wants me to be happy, right?” So we taunt God’s jealousy by celebrating an individual, indulging in ungodly entertainment, or toying with addictions. Other times, we have secret doors into the unseen corners of our hearts. We think no one else knows. Shh, “the Lord seeth us not.”
Who are we kidding?
O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, And art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, But, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. (Psalm 139:1-4)
It’s offensive to God, but it begs the same question: How dumb do we think He is? Every time I sin, it is because I believe God doesn’t see. Every time I do things my way, I believe God won’t notice, yet it’s as obvious as the pile of clothes wadded up under the nicely made bed. Did you indulge secretly in sin recently, thinking no one knows? “I the Lord search the heart…to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10). God will reveal all the hidden things. “The Lord…will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts” (1 Corinthians 4:5).
Did you sacrifice church for your family? You honored your family more than God. It’s an idol.
Are you more willing to give your resources of your time, talent, and treasure to something that makes you happy or more fulfilled? You’ve honored something more than God. It’s an idol.
Every one of us needs to pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: Try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
Remember, God sees.