The evil in our desire typically does not lie in what we want, but that we want it too much. (John Calvin)
If you read my recent post, Why are you trying to keep Christ in Christmas?, you are aware we can borrow celebration convictions from others, having never allowed God to search our hearts individually to show us His desire for making Christmas merry.
It’s vital, for those seeking to grow deeper roots into the nourishing soil of Christ, to ask ourselves:
What are we expecting to bring us fulfillment, satisfaction, contentment, happiness, joy, pleasure, success or gratification?
The passing pleasures of a holiday render little more than a fleeting filling.
Yet, our hearts bow to masters and rulers exalted to positions they were never meant to hold.
Counterfeit, controlling forces dictate our joy.
And leave us empty.
And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks. (Jeremiah 3:9)
Adultery committed against God.
You are like unfaithful wives having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vow to God!
Do you not know that being the world’s friend is being God’s enemy?
So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God. (James 4:4)
A love affair with little gods.
Gleeful decorations. Hearty fellowships. Jubilant festivities. Merry attire.
The giving of gifts. Sharing of supper.
Even the glowing love of family.
Things that, in themselves, were perfectly good.
Until I built them a high place to occupy my heart. Exalting them above God.
God uses an absolutely shocking analogy to bring us to our senses.
He tells us we are guilty of adultery.
When we practice soul idolatry by running to things other than God to meet our needs, we betray our one true Lover.
This is betrayal.
This is adultery.
Unless we sense God’s ravishing of us — we will fail to submit to Him and life will be futile. (Dee Brestin)
God deals with our idols when He deals with our hearts.
He is the One who changes us.
Dismantling the idols is orchestrated by the only One powerful enough to dethrone them.
We offer obedience, surrender and trust.
Full access to our heart.
In turn, Christ offers freedom.
He will furnish a filling.
And we will finally be full.