In Ezekiel the [reasons] for Jerusalem’s sins were pride, an abundance of food and idleness.
When one doesn’t have an abundance of food, it can always be replaced with an abundance of things wanted or the distractions this world provides.
Idleness – what a wretched state. That is when a person has a greater chance of becoming a sluggard and a fool.
The sluggard and fool both spend too much time with their own thoughts and so they become wise in their own eyes.
I believe all sin comes down to three things:
The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.
Eyes: Anything thing you can see or imagine.
Flesh: Feelings, attitudes, physical pleasure, desire for a great level of respect, power, money; an endless list of all sorts of things.
Pride: Anything that supplants God with ourselves.
I once heard a pastor say anything that hinders someone from being close to God is sinful.
I’ve thought about that over the years since I heard it. It’s SO true. We are warned time and again about being distracted by things of the world; distracted by cares and pleasures.
It is a fight against a person’s nature to forego pleasure and other things that distract in order to be wholly focused on God.
There is so much more I can say about this, but Lord willing, I’ll post a separate one with more details and personal thoughts.