The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 57:7-10
"You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill;
there you went up to offer your sacrifices.
Behind your doors and your doorposts
you have put your pagan symbols.
Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed,
you climbed into it and opened it wide;
you made a pact with those whose beds you love,
and you looked with lust on their naked bodies.

(Comparing idolatry to adultery, the Lord accuses His people
of being unfaithful to Him, of turning away from Him,
of unholy commitments to idols they have set up in secret.
We, too, are susceptible to the very real temptation
to put our hopes and commitment in the temporal things of the world,
in our performance, our achievements, our status,
our financial sheet, our networks, our connections, our address,

and, by so doing, engaging in adulterous unfaithfulness to the Lord.)
You went to Molekwith olive oil and increased your perfumes.

You sent your ambassadorsfar away;
you descended to the very realm of the dead!
You wearied yourself by such going about,
but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’
You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint."

(God’s people had gloried in their successes, spreading their influence
through their determined endeavors and drawing their strength
from a precarious place of their own performance and successes.
In so doing, they were descending further and further into idolatry,
into unfaithfulness, and away from their God.

As we look at what we are about today and where we put our efforts,

the Lord still calls us to let go of anything that dilutes our devotion to Him,

to walk in faithfulness and obedience to Him,
and to relish our joyful and devoted union with Him.)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ’s love,

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