Today you should read: Deuteronomy 32:1-52
I recently had an opportunity to share the gospel with a lady who was struggling with depression and anxiety. She claimed to be a Christian so when she came in for a counseling appointment the first question that I asked her was, “how would you explain the gospel to someone else?” She could eloquently share the gospel of Jesus Christ, maybe better than most Christians. My second question was “do you believe that?” Unfortunately, for this young lady she came to the conclusion that she does not believe it. As I began to work through the idols of her heart and show her the truth about her current situation (Ephesians 2:1-3) she became broken. She admitted that she feels dead inside. As we talked further about the truth of the gospel and God’s desire to restore her back into a relationship with Him. She understood and liked the thought of it. So what was holding this young lady back? She just couldn’t bear the thought of giving up her idols.
When I studied through today’s passage I was gripped by vs. 1-14. God reminds us of His perfect work and his perfect faithfulness. God took his people out of the desert and chose Jacob (Israel) as His own. God guided them and protected them just as an eagle takes care of its young. I am reminded of how great and powerful of a God we really serve. God is the rock of our salvation that can never be moved and I am thankful that God’s children can trust in His perfect faithfulness.
However, I am broken by vs.15-18 because our hearts are worshipping hearts that because of our sin desires to worship false gods. Idol worship is simply putting something or someone in the place that God should rightfully hold. Why do we trust in things other than God? Why do we seek false idols? The truth is that the worship of an idol is not about the idol itself but about what the idol promises in proximity to our desired reality. For example, if I desire to be comfortable I may worship the idol of success and money because it promises to afford me the ability to reach the comfort level that I desire. Idol worship is truly about building one’s own kingdom to satisfy one’s own foolish pride.
This was the dilemma for the young lady I shared with. She did not want to accept the gospel for one reason only, purpose. She believes that she will find her desired purpose through finding a husband. She is pursuing the fairy tale happy ending that promises the happily ever after. If she laid that all down in exchange for the gospel then God may not give her that ending and the thought of Jesus being enough just doesn’t seem appealing. I do not share this young ladies story to look down upon the lost. My hope is that you would be broken for her and your own heart because we as Christians can find ourselves in the exact scenario as Israel in vs. 15,
“But Jeshurun grew fat, and kicked; you grew fat, stout, and sleek; then he forsook God who made him and scoffed at the Rock of his salvation.
Question to Ponder:
How strong is your faith today? Is God the Rock of your salvation or have you began to turn to other idols to provide your desired reality?
Posted: Chad Wiles