Week 30 Day 6
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Exodus 20: 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor [b]serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting[c] the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Well, we certainly blew it on this one. Take a look around you. What are the idols you see? Is it that deer trophy, that stuffed fish, that photo of the latest NASCAR hero? How about the teen rock ‘n’ roll idols which may plaster the walls of teen bedrooms? Could it be that bank balance, or the secular power that money can bring? Heroes and objects, sensations and memories all can become idols when we forget the unimaginable grace of the God who gave us these gifts for our comfort and pleasure and so that we might at the last look to Him who supplied all that we have. (James 1:17)
Those who hate God are jealous, deluded, and possessed of an evil which is beyond our understanding. Is it any wonder then God has reserved the strictest punishments for those who will not look to Him and be thankful? (Romans 1:18-32)
It is for us who follow Jesus to look to better things, to possibility, to hope. We are the most blessed people on the face of the earth. Even in our struggles with the decay and desolation of a world dying in its sin we are the ones who can see the coming end of pain and the fulfillment of all that we’ve hoped for. ( 1 Peter 1:3, Revelation 21:4)