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Good Morning July 6

At times the prophets pointed to the foolishness of the things we do. Isaiah uses the illustration of a man who plants trees on his land. He cares for them until they grow strong. Then when one is ready he cuts it down. “It is used as fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.”(44:15)  The same wood he grew has many useful purposes, but then he also makes an idol out of the same wood and worships it as his god.  We laugh. How foolish. But then we think a little more deeply and it begins to bite with its truth.  We are not far from there with our own creations. It becomes fairly easy to get caught up in science, technology, lifestyles we’ve created for ourselves, and any number of other things. Do they serve a needful purpose for us, for which we give things to Almighty God for His gifts? Or do we serve them as a necessary part of life? Mary knelt at Jesus’ feet, while Martha fretted over all the work she had to do. Jesus said, “Mary has chosen the best portion…”(Luke 10:42) Let’s be sure we, too, choose the best portions.