Saturday, June 14, 2008

My Subtle Sin

“Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
10 Make the heart of this people dull,
and their ears heavy,
and blind their eyes;
lest they see with their eyes,
and hear with their ears,
and understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”Isaiah 6

G.K. Beale does an excellent job in pointing out that 'sensory organ disorder' is the language that Scripture uses in reference to idolatry.

In all cases- we become what we idolize. In this case, the Israelites had become the same as their gods. Eyes that could not see- Ears that could not hear- Mouth's that could not speak- spiritually inanimate- a form of godliness with no power.

His phrase is "What we revere- we resemble- either to ruin or restoration."

I am guilty of idolatry. It is when I run to anything but the Lord Himself for comfort and security. I take good things and cling to them.
It leaves me powerless and prayer less.
My gods can be a simple as food and complex as my children. I use a smorgasboard of gods to numb the pain of living in a sin sick world.
When god becomes silent, I get angry at Him. But it is not His fault- it is the betrayal of my false idols.

Lord, help me smash my idols of this world. Teach me to be more aware of their consuming power. Let me stay empty and long for You. Let me long more for heaven.
Nothing in this world satisfies....... this is not a morbid statement- it is the reality that leads to true joy.

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