My five year old son Ian finished his first t-ball season today. I went to check on him while he was asleep and he had his trophy on his belly. He told me it was special to him. It is a tangible reminder to him of how proud we are of him, much fun he had, the hits he made and the courage that he learned.
While the trophy seems like a fun, harmless object…I want him to know that God gave him that courage and the ability to run and hit the ball. I think about the “trophies” in my life that can become idols. That is usually when I forget that they are reminders of God’s faithfulness and not something to hold on to. I need to give them back to him in thankfulness and praise. Because He is so generous to me, pouring out his gifts on me…
“When you begin living in the towns the Lord your God is giving you, a man or woman among you might do evil in the sight of the Lord your God and violate the covenant. For instance, they might serve other gods or worship the sun, the moon, or any of the stars-the forces of heaven-which I have strictly forbidden…You are about to enter the land, the Lord your God is giving you…you must never return to Egypt” Deut 17 NLT
I want to be satisfied in You...
“O Lord my God, how great you are! You made the moon to mark the seasons, the sun knows when to set…They all depend on you…they are richly satisfied….”Psalm 104 NLT
You have not forgotten me…
“Do not be afraid…For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and to irrigate your parched fields. I will pour out my Spirit on your descendents, and my blessing on your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank…Who is like me? Do not tremble, do not be afraid, didn’t I proclaim my purposes for you long ago? How foolish are those who manufacture idols. I made you, I will not forget you.” Isaiah 44 NLT
I want to fear You alone…
“Fear God,” he shouted.“Give glory to him. For the time has come when he will sit as a judge. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water…Anyone who worships the beast and his statue or who accepts his mark on the forehead or on the hand must drink the wine of God’s anger. God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus.” Rev 14 NLT
“Let all that I am praise the Lord!” Psalm 104 NLT
Jehovah-Jireh, thank you for your provision and unfailing love towards me. I pray that I would give glory to You alone. Amen
4 responses to “Deut 17; Ps 104; Isa 44; Rev 14”
We need to add a love button here.
Something about that image – a child holding tight to his trophy – that makes me warm inside. Like the first time I truly realized Christ was mine and I was His. I could sleep soundly holding onto Him.
I like that imagery too Janet…holding onto Jesus. Thanks for that!
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