Tuesday, March 7, 2023

His Love > Our Idols

Photo Courtesy Of: Emmanuel Phaeton

"The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are reliable
and altogether righteous.
They are more desirable than gold—
than an abundance of pure gold;
and sweeter than honey
dripping from a honeycomb."

~Psalm 19:9-10

As women, we crave love. We naturally want affection, attention, care, and the interest of another person.

The problem is that we easily allow this legitimate desire to be wrapped up in illegitimate sources.

We idolize marriage, just sure that the perfect husband will meet our every need for love.

We idolize motherhood, just sure that a house full of children is the answer to our woes.

We idolize work and career, believing our life purpose to be ultimately wrapped up in what we do 9-5.

We idolize friendship, convinced that if we only had the best, most dearest friend to walk through life with, then our loneliness would disappear once and for all.

But then the day comes and those things (all good things!) don’t deliver.

Our husband disappoints us.

Our children overwhelm us.

Our career exhausts us.

Our friend hurts us.

Then what?

If only we took the time to immerse ourselves in the beauty of God’s Word, His love letter to us. It would make all the difference.

As I once heard Elyse Fitzpatrick say on an episode of Jamie Ivey's podcast, “If women understood God’s Word to be His love letter to them, they wouldn’t struggle so much with finding the time to be in it. They would automatically want to be in it every chance they got.”

It’s true.

When we stop viewing our Bible-reading as something to mark off the to-do list in order to be a “good” Christian and instead come to it hungry for the love our souls crave and convinced that we will find it there, we will find our idols beginning to fall by the wayside as something infinitely better takes their place - the love of God Himself. 

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