Short daily devotionals for the socially distanced. These are thoughts from my daily time in the word. I use a bible reading plan that will have me in a different section of Scripture every day.
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Thursday, May 7th
Reading: Isaiah 46-48
2 They stoop; they bow down together;
they cannot save the burden,
but themselves go into captivity
— Is 46:2 (ESV)
Human beings are made to worship something. We just are. Our hearts can’t help it. We have to set something, or someone, as ultimate and w have to give devotion, sacrifice and love to that something or someone. Even the most ardent of atheists does that. It is the default mode of our heart, because eternity is placed in them from the beginning, and we know that existential dread is overwhelming when our sojourns on this planet aren’t given to something of meaning that our hearts can commit towards.
The story of the Bible is a repeat story of people giving their hearts to the wrong “somethings” and “someones.” Instead of being content to worship the one true God, we as people have, from the beginning, given our hearts and lives to smaller objects of adoration. We cannot get our heads around the size and otherness of God and so we reduce our drive for worship to something that can fit in our hands, something we can look at, something we made, something we can carry.
Except, we can’t carry them. They weigh us down.
It turns out that a God you can carry around is a terribly heavy thing.
So, God warns his people, though Isaiah, using some wonderful language of contrast that they are burdened from carrying their false Gods, when the real God has been carrying them!
3 “Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been borne by me from before your birth,
carried from the womb;
4 even to your old age I am he,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save.
— Is 46:3–4.
It is better, by far, to have a God who carries you, and that to be burdened by a God that you have to carry. So friends, what are you giving your devotion to in this season? Many of us are heavy-laden under the burden of some sort of manufactured deity of false hope which currently holds our attention and energy. It will only get heavier, until you put it down at the feet of the One who can carry it all.
Courage, dear friends.