The East Gate

The glory of the Lord entered the temple through the gate facing east. Ezekiel 43:4

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As I read Ezekiel 43 the other day, I longed for the “glory of the Lord” to enter the gate of my heart. I started to wonder about the significance of the east gate. Before I could research that, I heard God ask me: “What’s blocking the east gate of your heart?”

Of course, studying the Bible and the theology of it is important. But in our relationship with God, I think how His Word impacts us personally is far more important. So I began to ponder that question.

I discovered it’s my cell phone that blocks the gate of my heart. Before I can pray, I have to tie up whatever loose ends there are or my mind is too scattered. We all know how convenient cell phones are for that. Consequently, I’ve gotten into the bad habit of bringing mine into my prayer time.

It seemed logical at first. Every time a random thought or task came to mind that I’d neglected, I’d pick up my phone and address it by texting the person in question, or looking up and ordering whatever it is I needed.

That’s a slippery slope, however, especially for someone like me. I am a “doer,” and I commit to a lot. I always have a million balls up in the air, and I’m dropping hundreds of them at all times.

The enemy knows our personal Achilles heel. He knows I hate letting people down. He also knows I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I get things done. Needless to say, the majority of my prayer time quickly turned into lots of time on my phone, versus a lot of time in God’s Word.

That’s the beauty of what happens when we turn to God and sit with Him in our wondering. He reveals all the places where we could improve.

He doesn’t do so in a way that makes us feel we’ve fallen short. Instead, He reveals how wonderful it would be if we could make the necessary changes. That vision then inspires us to take action, and His grace and love provide us with the resolve to follow through.

Needless to say, I won’t be taking my phone into my prayer time anymore. Sure, it may mean I drop more balls in the juggling act of life. But it will also mean more quality time with Him to strengthen and equip me for the crazy life I lead.

Questions for Reflection:

  • What is blocking the east gate of my heart?
  • How do I go about removing it?

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