The good news is that when we cry out for help, as Samuel did not hesitate to do, our heavenly Father picks us up and frees us from the boxes we find ourselves in. If you find yourself somewhat trapped in a self-imposed box, cry out to God with a fervent desire to be forgiven and freed. He will come to you, pick you up and whisper lovingly in your ear, "be holy as I am holy."
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Boxing Ourselves In
These two pictures (one above, one below) of Samuel, my son, illustrate an important reality in our lives about sin and, in particular, the sin of idolatry. I know what you're thinking, how could something as adorably appealing as toddler illustrate something as gruesome as sin? That's my point exactly! You see, so often we throw ourselves into pursuits and pleasures that are appealing but clearly contrary to God's loving will for our lives. The result may be a certain amount of bliss (pictured above), at least for a little while. We forsake God for the box of lust, pride, greed, gluttony, lying, etc. and perhaps at first we smile while in the box. However, the picture of Samuel below illustrates what inevitably happens when we put ourselves in the box of sinful self-centeredness instead of in the hands of a loving and holy God. We get caught in our own idolatrous box!