(February 20, 2015)
I was struck by a pair of ideas from these chapters. The first of these was the reinforcement of the idea of idols within our hearts. I can only judge myself, but it is apparent to me that I spend far too much time dedicated to the idols in my heart and not enough time and energy worshipping the living God. Whether those idols are sports or games or even anger and resentment and bitterness and fear (or any other negative emotion) – each of these are also idols, because we carry them in our heart when the Lord has asked us not to.
The other thought was the idea that allows us to be free from these idols – that, given time, we will see that things were not done without cause. The day will come, we understand, that every knee will bow and every tongue confess. But a necessary part of that is that each of us must recognize that each and every thing that happened was done for a reason. We will ultimately reach the point where we understand that, but in the meantime this is something that we can accept by faith – and by accepting by faith we become empowered to trust the Lord and let go of the idols of our hearts.