Scripture: verse 3
I will set myself against him and cut him off from his people, because he has sacrificed his child to Molekh, defiling My sanctuary and profaning My holy name.
Observation: The first section of the chapter forbids child sacrifice, which is good. Obviously. What I found interesting was this verse – God will reject the person who sacrifices his child, not because he killed his child, but because he has betrayed God.
I don’t really like talking about this, what with the young mother hormones kicking in, but it’s important. God’s perspective on our lives is really kinda weird. From His point of view, our relationship with Him supersedes every other consideration. The death of a child may not even be that big of a deal to Him, assuming the child just goes straight up to heaven. The turning away from God, however, is earth-shattering.
What we see is not all that is. God sees a much bigger picture than we do. He is acutely aware of our every thought and action and emotion, and He longs for us to be similarly attuned to us. We are His, and His desire is for us (Song of Songs 7:10).
Application: Seek intimacy with God. Remember that He doesn’t work the way you think He does. Let Him teach you about His perspective.
Prayer: Hi God. You’re crazy. Or, more likely, I’m crazy, along with all humans. We just don’t see things clearly. Help me to see things the way you see them. Help me to trust that you understand things better than I do. Amen.