Today you should read: Deuteronomy 4:15-31
This season of life has been a lot of fun. 8 months ago, my wife and I were excited to welcome home our little boy. Cade’s a joyful, happy lil’ feller who loves people and really really really loves food. He constantly brings a smile to our faces. Recently, we began feeding him solid food. Of course, this is for his good and growth. More often than not, he thinks it’s the best thing in life. Lately, we’ve introduced a bunch of things into his diet, many of which he loves (banana, apple, sweet potatoes) and some… well, not so much (peas, broccoli).
The other day, I was spoon-feeding him while he was in his high chair. Just a typical meal. As a father, I wanted him to pay attention and eat his food. Mid-meal, for whatever reason, he decided that it was time to stare at the ground off to the side of the high chair. He was fixated on something — I’m pretty sure it was a Cheerio that he dropped earlier — that was in plain sight. Whatever it was, he was committed to studying it. It wasn’t going to make his hunger go away. It wasn’t going to help him grow. But it captivated him. Meanwhile, his dad, who deeply cares for him, sat with a full bowl of tasty fruit, ready to take care of his needs.
Sometimes I wonder if that’s what God feels like with us.
How often do I desire things that don’t matter? How often do I elevate good things to idol things? My gracious God has blessings for me, His child, that will satisfy me so much more than my fleeting pleasures. Just like Cade, though, I can’t seem to take my eyes off them long enough to enjoy Him and His provision.
That’s what God is getting at with His people in Deuteronomy 4. He is reminding them that He is better than idol things. He deserves their attention. He knows that if they elevate gift about Giver, it will harm them and discipline will be necessary. The warning in this passage may seem stern, but it’s loving too. It comes from a caring Dad who wants what’s best for His kids. It reminds me a lot of some tough and tender words from the author of Hebrews:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV
Church, let’s be encouraged by this passage today. God cares about you. He is a loving Father who always has His children on His heart. Stop looking at the Cheerio on the ground and let Him feed you the richest of foods.
Posted by: Todd Thomas