4.21.2010

Word Wednesday .::91

Word Wednesday is posted every Wednesday. Each week I post a scripture that I've read that week that has spoken to me in a fresh way. I believe that if we read God's Word every day, He will give us at least one scripture every week that will impact us. Sharing Scripture with each other is like iron sharpening iron. Leave a comment and share a scripture that has impacted you this week.

Here's the scripture that stuck this week:

II Chronicles 28:22-25 The Message

22-25 But King Ahaz didn't learn his lesson—at the very time that everyone was turning against him, he continued to be against God! He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus. He had just been defeated by Damascus; he thought, "If I worship the gods who helped Damascus, those gods just might help me, too." But things only went from bad to worse: first Ahaz in ruins and then the country. He cleaned out The Temple of God of everything useful and valuable, boarded up the doors of The Temple, and then went out and set up pagan shrines for his own use all over Jerusalem. And not only in Jerusalem, but all over Judah—neighborhood shrines for worshiping any and every god on sale. And was God ever angry!

"...those gods might help me, too." Famous last words of a fool. One thing that has really been disturbing me about Christians lately is our identification of success based on the world's standards. What is wrong with us? We need to wake up. We want worldly success and that want naturally turns us to idolatry..."And was God every angry!" We need to learn that lesson from other's mistakes and not our own.


What's your Word?


2 comments:

Matt W. said...

So very true. And we do hear from a lot of corners today that just sticking to the Bible isn't working, we have to find a way, and blah blah blah. It all reminds me of what G. K. Chesterton once said, "The problem with Christianity is not that it has been tried and found wanting, it is that it has been found difficult and left untried."

David said...

And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. (Isaiah 30:20 ESV)

My strong tendency is to inwardly complain about the bread and water, and to forget about the Teacher.