Fighting idolatry of good things (pt 2)

In the last post, I shared one way I’ve been fighting my temptation to mix up good gifts from God with God Himself.

The second way I’ve been waging war on my idolatry is by asking God to teach me to believe this truth:

God is the good we crave.

God is not just everything we need, He is also everything we want.

Every moment of pure pleasure, delight and joy we have ever experienced – the reason it was good was because it was somehow a shadow of God.

I think it will help my love for Him increase if I take time every week to consider how every good thing about every good gift is really only good because it reminds me of God.

“The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing.

These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.” – C.S. Lewis [crushed it]

This has been messing me up lately.

Did your husband do something awesome?  Take time to consider why you find it awesome: how does it remind you of God?  Why do you love your community?  Are they good at making you feel known and loved?  You treasure that about them because it reminds you of God.  Are you head over heels about a guy?  Consider his qualities, it’s likely that what you really love are the characteristics he has that remind you of God.

God is not just the giver of good, He is the good itself.

What makes the gift good is that it gives you God.

Meditating on that – reminding yourself of that and thanking God for the way He gives Himself to you through gifts – it will restore everything to its proper place.  And the craziest thing is – it won’t make any of His gifts seem less valuable.  You will find yourself loving them more as they point you to Him.

We will conquer our idolatry when our earthly desires are dwarfed by our love for Him.

Let His Spirit show us His unique glory and let His Spirit reveal that every scrap of delight in His gifts is just a signpost to His great glory.

Comments

  1. Kelsey Hill says:

    Amen. Thank you so much for posting! This is a blessing, and helps me express something I’ve been struggling with lately.

    In a round-about way, I think this helps describe why it hurts so much when these good gifts are taken from us. If we (rightly) ascribe the goodness of these gifts to the goodness of God, it can feel like God’s own goodness is being taken from us when His gifts are. This is obviously not the case, but for a long time, that is what I have thought.

    Thank you again for posting. I cannot tell you how this helps settle my mind and heart. God is good!

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