When God Repeats Himself

22 Feb

When God repeats himself in my life, I take it that He’s trying to get my attention about something.  Recently, my sister and I talked about a sermon which had impacted her greatly about fear being your idol, I came across something in my Bible (Oh,  I wish I could remember what it was.), and then in the book, Marriage Matters by Winston Smith, I came across it again.  Fear can become an idol.

3But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.  4The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  5They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;  6They have ears, but they hear not; noses have they, but they smell not;  7They have hands, but they handle not; feet have they, but they walk not; neither can they make a sound with their throats.  8They who make idols are like them; so are all who trust in and lean on them.  Psalm 115:3-8  Holman Christian Bible

The Hebrew word for idol, atzab, means to fashion a figure with sorrowful labor.  If an idol is what we focus our attention (i.e. worship) on, then we can see how many things can become idols in our lives:  comfort, isolation, shame, hassles, or fear.  Focus in on verse 8 for a moment:

Those who make them have become just like them,
have become just like the gods they trust. v.8  The Message

We become like our idols, or what we worship.  That’s terrifying because I do not want to come to the place where I cannot see (God), cannot hear (God), and cannot smell, feel, or speak of (God).  It is hopeful, because if we turn our worship toward God instead of an idol we are choosing life and become like Him!

In Isaiah 48:5, we read, “see if there be any wicked way (way of pain, way of an idol) in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  King James Version

  • So the first step is to ask God to examine us.
  • The second step is to face the results head on and realize what we worship.  Repent.
  • The third step is to ask God to lead us into life and not death.  Humble yourself.
  • The fourth step is to respond to His leading.  Draw near to God.

7 Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.  8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people! 9 Be miserable and mourn and weep. Your laughter must change to mourning and your joy to sorrow.  10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.  James 4:7-10 Holman Christian Bible

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