Ezekiel 16:30-34 (NLT)
30 "What a sick heart you have, says the Sovereign LORD, to do such things as
these, acting like a shameless prostitute. 31 You build your pagan shrines on
every street corner and your altars to idols in every square. You have been
worse than a prostitute, so eager for sin that you have not even demanded
payment for your love! 32 Yes, you are an adulterous wife who takes in
strangers instead of her own husband. 33 Prostitutes charge for their services--
but not you! You give gifts to your lovers, bribing them to come to you. 34 So
you are the opposite of other prostitutes. No one pays you; instead, you pay

God is letting Israel know where they have come from. He found them from
nothing but a pool of blood and brought them to glory. And now they are doing
shaming and despicable things. They are acting as an adulteress, which carries
the penalty of capital punishment. But instead of receiving gifts they are
giving gifts to bribe their lovers. God tells them what a sick heart they

God had taken Israel from nothing and built them into something mighty. The
verses reminded me of the movie Bruce Almighty as Bruce becomes angry with God.
God allows Bruce to see what it’s like to have power and exist like a god for a
while. As he is given much and allowed control over many things he finds life
is not as easy as he thought. Bruce quickly looses control and cannot ever
contain his own temptation. He uses his power in wrongful ways and calls
himself Bruce Almighty as thought he has risen above God. His temptations cause
all kinds of misdeeds to occur, including the separation of his wife. Yet all
of us are so similar in that when God provides us with things we have for daily
living we sometimes forget when it comes from. We sometimes ignore The One who
blessed us and has gotten us through life. Let’s not be like Israel paying for
sin, but let’s return to God and ask his forgiveness for departing from Him.
Pray that your heart may be repentant and filled with love for the Father. Let
us long for His love and return to Him.