idols, asherah and surrender

I’ve been reading through 1 and 2 Kings lately.  I love these two books in Scripture.  They are so convicting and challenging.  They are full of heroic endeavors, miraculous wonder, and prophetic warnings.  But what I love the most about them is the story they tell about a sinful people and their gracious God.

These two books tell of king after king, and how each authority leads its people to and away from God.  You have kings like Joram who did evil in the sight of God (2 Kings 8:27).  Then you have Jehu, who carefully constructed a plan to destroy the baal worshippers, but did not walk in the law of the LORD with all His heart (2 Kings 10).  {This appears to be the story of many of the kings.  They made strides to devote themselves to God, but they allowed certain sins to remain in their lives and in the land, which led the people away from God.}  And then you have a few precious kings, who act like my personal favorite – Hezekiah.  Of these kings it is written about them that they “did right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father David had done” (2 Kings 18:3).  These men didn’t take any chances.  They were not only devoted to God, but they also took measures to keep that devotion in the land.  They destroyed anything that would turn the people away from worshipping God.

Every time I read about the kings of Israel and Judah, I am left to ponder my own heart.  I rule my own life and my own heart.  I am keeper of my land.  I am the protector of my home.  Where do I lie?  I desperately want to be like the kings who emulated David. These were not perfect men, but they were wholly devoted to God and the sanctity of His worship.

But I fear that I too often fall in the middle.

Sometimes I like to take inventory of my heart.  What’s sitting on a throne in this precious space?  Am I lover of money?  Do I covet others’ possessions?  Have I allowed entertainment to elevate itself?

Even good things can quickly become idols in our lives.  Ministry can quickly bump our devotion to God as we seek success rather than intimacy.  Family, although entirely good, can sometimes distract us from our First Love.  I don’t want to be someone who has mini idols set up in my heart.  I want to be fierce about destroying all that seeks to destroy my devotion to Christ.

I love the Hymn, “Come Thou Fount”.  The plea in this hymn is a constant prayer of mine…

prone to wander, Lord I feel it;

prone to leave the God I love. 

Let your grace, like a fetter bind my wandering heart to thee!

May I be a woman who takes my authority seriously by refusing to allow any Asherah or Idol to compete against the sacred worship to Jesus Christ alone!

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2 Chronicles 20:17

‎”Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you…”   2 Chronicles 20:17

I am currently meditating on this verse.  It is packed with truth.  Sometimes we fail to live the balance between waiting on God and acting in faith.  We don’t share Christ because we have convinced ourselves that it’s only God who brings people to Him, so we should not force Him on others.  Or, we are so busy doing the work of God that we fail to simply be still and wait on Him.

Yet throughout God’s word we are told that waiting and acting are married.  We have a responsibility to simply be still and know that God is God.  And yet, before we are told to stand still, we are commanded to position ourselves.  We are not pawns on God’s chess board, idly waiting to be moved by God.  We are called to position ourselves in life.  Place ourselves in the midst of amazing circumstances so that we can see the salvation of God.  Once we position ourselves, then we get to stand still and wait.  But if we want to see the salvation of God, we MUST put ourselves in the midst of what He is doing.

After we are told to position ourselves and stand still, we are then commanded to see the salvation of the LORD.  So often I think we miss this.  We fail to see what God is doing all around us, and in failing to see what God is doing, we fail to recognize that wherever we are, God is with us.  What a powerful verse!!!