“Anything outside of Heaven that becomes the object of your affection will eventually become the object of your sorrow.”
– The Reverend Steve N. Donley
And as par for the course, Steve’s comments left me pondering deeper issues. That’s one of his best qualities. You won’t ever walk away from him thinking about lint. Coupled with Steve’s ability to ignite thought is my proclivity for peeling away layers until I think I understand the core of an issue. And here is my take on tonight’s discussion.
We are more concerned with our own worship than God’s.
Our treasures are most often spent on ourselves because that is where our hearts are focused. We are so desperate to be seen as worthy that we forget that our very essence, our soul purpose is to show the world how worthy He is. In fact, we aren’t even all that concerned about actually being worthy. Just fooling people is balm enough to soothe our fragile egos. For a while. Eventually our shiny new toys loose their luster, and we are left scrambling for a new way to feed our appetite for glory. And in the end, all of the measures we take end as nothing but chariots and horses. And we run after these things with everything we have. We think about them, plan for them and when things doesn’t turn out the way we want, we are angry at God and we hate ourselves. We wonder how a God who claims to be love could leave us so unsatisfied.
But it is out of His great love and mercy for us that He refuses to feed our addiction to self. He sees our self-exalting dreams as our death. It is His goodness that withholds.
We weren’t meant to be worshipped. And anything operating outside of God’s design always ends in death and destruction. As objects of our greatest affection, we become our own greatest sorrow.
To be continued…