Stone Soup for Five: Idols, Isaac, and way too much of me.

Idols, Isaac, and way too much of me.

Right now our church is going through the book of Genesis and today we reached the second half of Isaac's life.

The Isaac who lived through God's testing his father on the mountain top.

The Isaac who had a match made in Heaven marriage to Rebekah.

The Isaac who prayed for 20 years for children.

The Isaac who found out he would be the father of TWINS, who would become two nations.

And then the twins were born...
And the family grew dysfunctional (favorites, deception, stubborness).

And Isaac was "gapped" (where the author deliberately leaves something out to make a point) and this point was reflecting Isaac's failure to remain faithful.


The story hints at deep idols.

Isaac craved delicious food.
He was unwilling to submit to God (when God told them the older would serve the younger).
Isaac didn't value the Abrahamic covenant.
He was a slave of his appetite and desires.

And all this got me thinking
What are my idols?
Our pastor said anything that pulls me from God is an idol.
Anything that is interfering with my relationship with God is an idol.

And I was thinking... 

Is Facebook and idol to me?
I have a few friends who are no longer on there for similar reasons.
But even when I'm limiting my time on Facebook, I'm still surfing.

Is it the computer that is an idol?



It goes deeper than that for me.

It's not the being on the computer, or email, or facebook.
It's the little bubble that I want when I'm on there.
It's the peaceful, leave-me-alone-and-go-away attitude I get when I turn to the computer.
It's the craving for quiet.
For "ME" time.
It's my selfish desire to quit doing what needs to be done and take an hour (or two or three)
to do what I want,
when I want,
 how I want

I'm not dying to self.
I'm not submitting to what God has for me at this season of life.
I'm spending WAY too much time on myself.
I'm a lover of pleasure.
My desire for quiet and ME time is my appetite.
And I'll do way too much to get what I want...
(to the point of loudly telling the boys to JUST LEAVE ME ALONE for a minute will you?!)

So how do I remove this idol?
I have to label it the right way,
(lover of pleasure)
and pray God to help me die to self.  

I realize there is a time and place for pleasure.
And God wants us to enjoy this life and His creation.

However, when I will hurt others and skip out on my responsibilities to get it, it has just become an IDOL... all ready to go at just a click of a button.

Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

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