Humility and Knowing God

Reread Isaiah 2 this morning and am completely blown away. Those of you who have been tracking with me for the last week or so will understand why.

"You (God) have rejected your people, because . . . their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands" (v. 6, 8).

"The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. For the LORD of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low" (11-12).

"Stop regarding man, in whose nostrils is breath; for of what account is he?" (22).

What struck me is this: "they bow down to the work of their hands." Of course, this is symbolic of not only "graven images" made by literal hands, but of all the products of the efforts of humankind. For me God is saying, "You have bowed down to the work of your mind."

Whoa... It's true.

Whatever we fix our eyes upon, whatever we place our trust in, is our idol. I've known this and acknowledged and even confessed this before, but never really made the connection to my present situation. Christianity only works when we allow God to be God. Forgive me for sounding so simplistic, but though the concept is simple, the application is not quite so easy to follow through with. Human, be a human, and let God be God. Worship Him as God, and accept that you are not. You cannot worship Him until you accept that.

Sermon to self: over.


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