Leave it Alone

8 03 2006

Leave it Alone

Scripture:
Deuteronomy 7:25-26 (NIV)  25 The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire. Do not covet the silver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it, for it is detestable to the LORD your God. 26 Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.

Deuteronomy 9:1-3 (NIV)  1 Hear, O Israel. You are now about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities that have walls up to the sky. 2 The people are strong and tall—Anakites! You know about them and have heard it said: “Who can stand up against the Anakites?” 3 But be assured today that the LORD your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the LORD has promised you.

Mark 15:15 (NIV)  15Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.


Observations:
Three things I notice from the above texts.  First, again we are reminded to not take up anything that would hinder our spiritual journey.  We are told to not covet any of the gold in these idols – for we might be ensnared by it.  Second, God tells us that the land before us is ours – but it will be impossible for us to take it on our own.  It is only through God’s power that we can take it.  Finally, I see a real lack of leadership in Pilate.  There is the key phrase about “wanting to satisfy the crowd.”  Anytime we fall into that trap, we are doomed.

I remember a time when I saw a box of old stuff.  Being naturally frugal – and curious – I started pawing through the box to see if there was anything valuable.  It didn’t take long  before I found a pornographic magazine.  That was it – I was ensnared.

Reading the text above tells me to get rid of your enemies stuff.  Don’t covet the gold on the idols.  When I paw through a box of stuff, what am I looking for?  Treasure?  Adventure?  Gold?

In a sense, I am distrusting God’s ability to provide for my needs.  In a sense, I am setting myself up to be ensnared.

I sometimes find myself in the face of insurmountable odds.  The walls are fortified, the people are giants, and I am left wondering how I’ll get past these obstacles.  If I am doing God’s bidding – if I am obedient to His vision for me – I don’t have to concern myself with these things.  He will prevail.

I have to learn the anti-lesson from Pilate.  I don’t get my marching orders from the crowd, I get it from God.


Application:
Leave the things of the world alone. Don’t surf TV looking for treasure.  Don’t surf the Internet looking for treasure.  Don’t covet the gold of the world.  Just leave it alone.

Don’t be afraid to live like I mean it!
     
Lead from God’s direction, not from opinion polls.


Prayer:
Father God – I’m ready – please make me more ready to respond to your direction.  That is moment-by-moment.

gw

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