Sunday, October 2, 2011

Random notes from my journal...

As for the beauty of gold for ornament, they turned it to pride and made of it the images of their abominations and of their detestable things. Therefore I will make it to them as an unclean thing.
Ezekiel 7:20

The tragedy of this hurts. God gives us something beautiful, something amazing and incredible, something wonderful, just because He loves us - and we take it and ruin it in our selfishness and sin... until not only is it not beautiful any more, it's detestable

Yet at the same time - isn't it awesome to think of all that He has given us! Not just the things like Salvation, Grace, and Mercy that leave us falling down flat on our face before our Creator in dumbfounded awe, but something so simple as...
That's how much He cares for us, for our happiness, for our enjoyment of life. This world is filled with beautiful things that are there simply because they're beautiful! There's nothing wrong with gold ornaments, there's nothing wrong with pretty clothes, there's nothing wrong with love, or so many other things! But we so easily twist His generous blessings to our own destruction... 
Take the beauty of gold for ornament - and use it to glorify the One who gave it.

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