Wednesday, April 2, 2014
April 2 "Holidays from the School of Christ "Judges 8-9
Fast Forward 2,000+ years. It happens to every one of us as we wrestle through this God thing. "Though I wouldn't have admitted it, even to myself, I didn't want God aboard. He was too heavy. I wanted Him approving from a considerable distance. I didn't want to be thinking of Him. I wanted to be free---like Gypsy. I wanted life itself, the color and fire and loveliness of life. And Christ now and then, like a loved poem I could read when I wanted to. I didn't want us to be swallowed up in God. I wanted holidays from the school of Christ." Sheldon Vanauken "A Severe Mercy"
Not only do we want our distance from God but we want our pacifiers---those things that draw us, make us feel closer to God. Nothing wrong with the vehicle. Everything wrong with the motive. "I had always served beauty. My wife and I together had loved beauty. Now, maybe, I was worshipping beauty in the Christian God will my wife was worshipping God. There may be danger in the love of beauty, though it seems treason to say it. Perhaps it can be a snare." And just maybe today we are worshipping music, health, success, ministry, justice, mission, even our children turning out right. Are we worshipping God or experiences?
COME BOLDLY: Timeless Prayers
Father, as we read the demise of Gideon's household, help us to see what you are saying to each of us about what we are truly worshipping in our lives. Make us wholly Yours. No props.
PHOTO: A look through a camera lens at Mount Rainier. Do we see clearly or do we give in to magnify those things that make us feel safe, feel comfortable, feel successful in knowing God. Remove the props, O Lord!
Posted by Bev Brandon @ The Fray at 12:45 AM