Good Morning December 2

In reading the Old Testament I am amazed how often ancient Israel fell away from God and into idolatry. They went through many cycles where they saw the grace and good of God prospering them. Then they would bring in the false gods of the surrounding peoples, and set up altars on every hillside. It is easy to look at them and think how stupid they were. But I really shouldn’t be amazed. We do the very same things. Oh, we may not set up altars on hillsides, but we bring in all kinds of substitutes in place of God. Our society at large is as idolatrous as any time in ancient Israel, and the Church is not immune. The problem is what goes on inside of us. We pit the “I wants” up against God’s revealed will. Many years ago the Prophet Jeremiah said, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?”(17:9) Jesus said, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.”(Matthew 15:19) I’m not expecting that the idolatry of our world is going to change much, but I do know that the only cure for each of us is falling humbly before the cross of Christ. Only Jesus has the power to change the human heart.

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