It does not sound encouraging, comforting, or motivational. Does it? Some elders of Israel in the captivity of Babylon came to Ezekiel the prophet seeking God’s counsel. They had not sought it before. Now they show some interest.
God is not our spare tire.
Hear the word of the LORD…
“And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to enquire of the LORD, and sat before me. Then came the word of the LORD unto me, saying, Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Are ye come to enquire of Me? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.”
“For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire, ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will not be enquired of by you.” Ezekiel 20:1-3, 31 (KJB)
Before their captivity they had offered sacrifices, gifts to the false deities of surrounding nations. They had offered their children to the fire. They had polluted the Sabbath days, even neglecting them.
You may say, “We have no idols in America”. There are idols for everything in America. Anything that stands between you and a personal relationship with God is an idol. Anything that stands between you and close personal fellowship with God is an idol. Abolish it, and worship God alone.
We have been bought with a price. The price was the life of God’s Son Jesus Christ. When we come to Him we are redeemed through that beautiful offering of grace. Call on Him. Believe Him. Then God will hear you.