A God when we want a god?

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Isaiah 66

4 So will I choose their delusions, And bring their fears on them; Because, when I called, no one answered, When I spoke they did not hear; But they did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.”

Have you recently heard people say things like, “I don’t want a God like that,” or “I could never believe in a God who did that”? Nothing has changed from Isaiah’s day. People want to create a god that fits with how they think a god should act and behave.   They have never read the Bible with spiritual eyes and so discount what it teaches us about the eternal attributes of the God of heaven and earth.

 

As long as men and women are creating their own gods they have no god. In essence, they become a god unto themselves. Here is the rub, when the God of heaven, who has been denied, brings their delusions upon them, they, filled with fear, won’t have a god to cry out to. Having denied the true God, the god of their making has no real power and no real ability to help.

 

People have always thought that they could live any way they chose but when they needed God, He, like a good pet, would just be there for them. What they don’t know is that when people don’t listen to God but reject Him and His words, when they cry out to Him He won’t be listening but will allow their fears to come upon them.

 

Isaiah goes one step further and tells us that the people did evil before God and did not do that in which He delighted. We read yesterday that God delights in humility and brokenness for sin. God delights in those who tremble at His word. So those who pride-fully live against God’s word will find themselves without a god in the time of their fear.

 

Pray with me for the salvation of those we know, those we love, and those we don’t know but are concerned for.

 

This morning I met Patrick for prayer at Edward hospital. He is having his gallbladder removed today. Dawn is recovering at home and still appreciates our prayers.

 

When we moved here from Wisconsin our sons had lived pretty sheltered lives. So when they started playing team hockey they decided it was better to get dressed in the hallway than to listen to the filth talk of the other boys in the locker room. Stefani was on a bus last night that was bringing students back from state tryouts for music. The conversation of the boys behind her was so bad that she sought to engage with the people in front of her. The foul-mouthed boys would not be instructed and continued with their locker-room talk even in the presence of girls who asked them not to talk about those things. This is just a reminder that our kids are hearing filth on a regular basis and need the Word of God and Christian people in their lives as much as possible. Pray for our kids, mentor our kids, encourage them to be in church and let’s determine to stem the tide of the filth that constantly pushes into their young minds.

 

There is a group of people meeting outside of Compass Church from 6-6:30 tonight to pray for the families of the Las Vegas shooting. Anyone can join them.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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