This chaos, this sense of instability, this clashing of opinions on every topic – it is all the result of the idols of our day crashing down around us. The idol of false security is now exposing where we truly put our hope and confidence. The idol of christian celebrity is now exposing the damaging effects of men being worshiped rather than the God they are meant to lead us to. The idol of “what is right for you is right for you” is exposing itself as nothing more than what it is – rebellion, pride, and an excuse for sin. The idol of government is exposing how much we place our confidence in men (and women) more than God himself. The idol of comfort and success is exposing itself as the empty, shifting sand that it is.
In God’s mercy, he is destroying our idols and revealing them for what they are. For too long, America’s prosperity, freedoms, and opportunities (as much of a blessing as they can be) have allowed us to live in this place where Jesus is a part of our lives, but not our everything.
In God’s severe mercy, he’s shaking our foundation, he’s pruning his people, and he’s making the line between good and evil, true faith and empty religion, and truth and lies clearly drawn in the sand. And as much as it’s unsettling, fear-inducing, and uncomfortable, it’s his love for us and his heart to open the eyes of the blind and save the lost. May our idols fall.
May our false securities and hopes be exposed. May we engulf ourselves in the truth of scripture so that we will recognize what is false. May our faith roots be deepened in what is true and lasting, rather than our man-made image of God. And may this uncomfortable time in our lives and country serve to destroy our hope in anything but God himself.
Let the idols of our hearts fall and let them lead us to the One who never will.
Home is around the corner,
To read more on the hope we have in suffering, you can purchase “Hope When It Hurts – 30 Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering” authored by Sarah Walton and Kristen Wetherell here or here. You can purchase the audio version here and the Spanish translation can now be purchased at Poiema.co
Together Through The Storms (Hardback, Audio, E-book link to Amazon) helps
married couples to navigate the storms of life together. Working through the book of Job, Sarah Walton (author of “Hope when it Hurts”) and her husband Jeff reflect on their own experiences in a marriage that has faced chronic illness, baggage from the past, a child with neurological challenges, and financial difficulties—and show how to cling to Christ and each other.