We aren’t really all that different from those that lived in the ancient world.
Many misconceptions about God infiltrate the current world’s thinking and linger in the minds of many believers as well. Reading Paul’s words I am reminded of my need to flush out this thinking and saturate my mind in the truth about God.
Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.Acts 17:29 ESV
I do not know many people that have created an actual idol to worship or that they think is a replica or fair representation of God, but there is still the pull to create God according to our own thinking and expectation. How often do I hear when wrestling with a challenging truth of scripture that “God couldn’t mean that”? However, just as he is not made of gold or silver, nor is he to be made according to any of my imaginings or reasoning.
25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everythingActs 17:25 ESV
The age old need to feel necessary also distorts my faith. I crave to bring God something he needs, to feel I have somehow earned or paid back all he has done for me. That’s really laughable when I read that in print. What could the creator of the universe need? What could I offer that he does not already have a million times over, a billion times over? He gave me life and breath and everything! There is no way to begin to repay even just the physical blessings he has given not to speak of the spiritual gifts of eternal life and salvation.
When I try to default to a man-made view of God I fall into foolish thinking, just like Israel did with Moses.
27 “How long shall this wicked congregation grumble against me? I have heard the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against me.Numbers 14:26 ESV
I, too, grumble that my life is hard.
the people mourned greatly. 40 And they rose early in the morning and went up to the heights of the hill country, saying, “Here we are. We will go up to the place that the Lord has promised, for we have sinned.”Numbers 14:39b-40 ESV
I, too, feel human regret and scramble to make things right.
I am not all that different from the ancient Israelites and must constantly guard against that thinking and bring my heart back in line with God’s in humility and surrender.
Instead of seeking my own gain or following my own thinking, when I take the time to soak in the truth of God’s power and worth, then the praise overflows. Then my heart beats in unison with the psalmist.
For he will hide me in his shelterPsalm 27: 5,6, 14 ESV
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord!
Trusting. Gratitude. Learning everyday anew to give thanks and trust, fully.
One response to “Numbers 12-14; Acts 17; Psalm 27”
I love this and say it all the time – people have not changed! That means I am no different than the Israelities or the people in Paul’s time. I have the Holy Spirit and am so grateful!