Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Look Up At The Heavens, Away from the Faces of Idols
Last night, I arrived home from a hotel function. I turned on the television for some global and local news. Instead, there before me were invitations. Strong, enticing come-ons. It's the voice and image of idols. My ability to see God was what's tested during those moments. Would my mind and eyes be focused on the face of these idols? If so, then my ability to see God would be blinded....It happened during Isaiah's time. People had blinded their minds' ability to see God by looking on the face of idols. So Isaiah had to say this to them: "Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things ..." (Isaiah 40:26). Isaiah had to make them look up at the heavens, away from the faces of idols.... Today, we got a shopping mall of idols. The blinding idol can be one's self. Work. Money. Sex. Power. Even church ministry. Indeed, the real test of spiritual focus is to be able to bring our minds and thoughts under control by God's Spirit in the face of idols all around us (Romans 12: 1, 2)... So, that night, I had to turn off the television. I had to deliberately turn my eyes and thoughts back to God.