But stark reality revealed the truth. The idol must go.
Blurry lines between dreams, reality, promises, and faith made it an opportunity for confusion. But at the end of the day, in the dark of night, laying alone in my room, I knew the truth: those dream had become too much.
My heart made demands from the Father Who gave the promise.
Rather than seeking the Father, I sought to promise.
And the promise became an idol.
When would it come? How would it come? Why did certain things happen the way that they did? What is going on?!?
In all the questioning, the most important question was lost in the shuffle: Who is the Promiser?
Demanding the promise be fulfilled, and throwing all manner of questions at the Throne, I bypassed the most important question of all: Who is the One that is faithful? Who is the God of the promise? Who is the One you are seeking?
Echoing the words of an Angel many years ago, why was I seeking the Living among the dead? Why was I seeking the blessing, rather than the One Who would bless? How could I be so focused on the promise, something that could easily pass away, that I forgot the One living God who would be forever faithful?
So I had to lay it down. Though it takes time to break the unhealthy patterns, the discipline required now will reap peace and calm in the future. For an idol can do nothing but weigh us down.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and the kill, and to destroy…” –John 10:10 NKJV
An idol steals your life, kills your focus, and destroys your sight for seeing God’s hand. A careful reading shows that these are the only reasons a thief comes–there is no positive payback. There remains no glory. “…to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” Period.
Only in laying the idol down, walking away, and focusing on the One who gives all good things can I possibly put things into their proper perspective.
“…I come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” –John 10:10, NKJV
The options are clear: A) steal, kill, destroy; or B) life more abundantly. The choice is mine.
So I lay down the idol that keeps be from my life in option B.
By Jennifer Cook from groundswell ministries