dec   em ber 15


Daily Reflection

isaiah 2:12-21

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; against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up; and against all the oaks of Bashan; against all the lofty mountains, and against all the uplifted hills; against every high tower, and against every fortified wall; 16 against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the beautiful craft. And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. And the idols shall utterly pass away. And people shall enter the caves of the rocks and the holes of the ground, from before the terror of the LORD, and from the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth. In that day mankind will cast away their idols of silver and their idols of gold, which they made for themselves to worship, to the moles and to the bats, to enter the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs, from before the terror of the LORD, and from the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth.

JESUS WILL COME AGAIN: To Destroy All Idols

Idols are whatever objects or ideas we put before God. They are mini gods that we give worship to. We live our lives for them. They tend to be things like success, wealth, status, and love. We make our work, families, retirement, or a person the object of our affection. We convince ourselves that if we just had this type of family, or title, or bank account, our lives would be complete. But these things hold no true substance. They are dry wells in the desert. An old church father described it as starving men licking a picture of bread hoping it would satisfy his hunger.

Isaiah makes it clear that when Jesus returns everything that had been exalted will be brought low. There is nothing in all creation that will be able to stand before Jesus. Every human achievement will come to a crashing end at the overwhelming glory that is God.

Losing our idols is hard. It stings at first. It feels like we’ve lost the meaning we were after. But losing the idol is much better than obtaining it. It’s better than getting to the bottom of the well only to realize there was no water. God will destroy all of the false ideas we had about what gave us purpose and joy and he will replace it with himself. He will be a well that never runs dry. He will replace the mirage with the real, and we will eat and be satisfied. What are your idols? Give them to him.




LECTIO DIVINA


1. find a quiet place & ask the holy spirit to speak to you through this psalm.

2. read through the psalm once, taking care to slow down and soak in the passage. re-read it once or twice more as if you were there listening in as it was being written in its original context. Put yourself in the Psalmist’s shoes and take notice of what phrases or concepts are standing out to you.


psalm 4

Answer me when I call to you,
   my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
   have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
   How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
   the Lord hears when I call to him.
Tremble and do not sin;
   when you are on your beds,
   search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
   and trust in the Lord.
Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
   Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
   when their grain and new wine abound.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
   for you alone, Lord,
   make me dwell in safety.

3. continue to “chew on” the text while pondering the pieces that The holy spirit has brought to mind.

4. have a conversation with God about what you’ve been reflecting on in this psalm. take advantage of the reality that the God of the universe has made a way through Jesus to be in a relationship with you and loves to spend time with you– speaking to you, hearing from you, healing you, and teaching you.

5. end your time with a moment of stillness, where you rest in the goodness of God, grateful for his word and presence with you.