Our hearts attach themselves to material objects and we seek security, significance, and sustenance from what we can see and hold, touch and taste.
A.W. Tozer wrote: “God’s gifts [steadily] take the place of God, and the whole course of nature is upset by the monstrous substitution.”
A “monstrous substitution” indeed. It may seem so benign, so innocent, so harmless. Yet, inch by inch, we allow God’s gifts to dethrone God from our hearts. We slowly trust them more than Him.
Welcome to the school of renunciation—of which Lent is our foretaste.
Michael Card penned the line: “It’s amazing what we find from the things we leave behind.” Perhaps you’ve experienced the truth of that statement already. In the process of releasing your grasp on something this Lent, you’ve discovered that you’ve lessened its grip on you.
Perhaps even now we would benefit from pondering our post-Easter faith. There can be no resurrection without death; no new life if the old ways return and rule.
Have we been hiding a monster in the closet that has upset the whole course of God’s greatest desire for us? Two and a half weeks from now shall we feed it again, or banish it forever?
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – grant me wisdom to see what has usurped Your place in my life; grant me courage to cast out the idols; and grant me freedom to live a more unfettered life for You. Amen.