The Lord Be With You Today!
The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals;
he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm.
He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.
(This is a picture the Lord says fits us in our foolish pursuit
to find another god to which to give our commitment.
Since Adam and Eve, we continue to chase after other gods,
in their case—themselves, as well as in ours.
They and we set up a target other than God
and declare we can achieve perfection on our own,
that we can "make it" and "be like God" out of our own endeavors.
We try to find a god that we can control,
that we can forge into a human-sized tangible,
that we can wrap our head around and understand in human terms,
we take the tools of our lives and forge a thing
that we can see and touch and feel.
We make idols from the works of our hands, from our performance,
from our relationships, from our material possessions,
from our need to be in control, from our titles and standing in the world,
even from our hurts and wounds, even from our unwillingness to forgive,
even from fear or bitterness or anger.
Whatever form our idols eventually take,
when we look to the God Who is our Creator and Savior,
we see that our efforts to fashion something to which we can hold
are futile and drain and destroy us.
The Lord calls us today to turn away from idols in our lives
and to trust Him, allowing Him to be everything He desires to be in us.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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