As I write this, I'm looking out into my backyard into my garden. I've got sunflowers blooming, along with some roses, salvia, and autumn sage. Tomatoes, still green, hang from their vines. The mint and basil, in all their lushness, threaten to take over the beds. The garden is full. The hint of a bountiful harvest is in the air.
Then, I spot them. Oh, they look innocent now, even beautiful, but those birds perched on the fence are a threat. Once my tomatoes turn red, they could dive right into my beds and pluck out my fruit. They have the power to destroy my garden if I let it go unprotected.
It's much like my heart, yes? There are some sins that look quite beautiful to behold on the outside -- those sins that give me a rush of pleasure or that seemingly satisfy a deep hunger. They are so alluring that I willingly take my eyes off my Father and become enamored with something that is really black on the inside. All these indulged-in temptations have really have done is swoop down and steal the bounty that God has placed in my heart.
It's hard to fix my eyes on God when I'm fixated on shiny things that are actually quite...worthless. It's hard to attune my ears to His words, His still, small voice, when the world is noisily vying for my attention with all its clamor. Honestly, it's hard to receive His words when my heart has put something else before Him.
"The thief's purpose is to steal, kill, and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life."
Challenge: Are there things of this world that lure you away from the opportunity of hearing God's voice? What is the din that keeps you from finding a quiet place in which to hear Him? What sins threaten your connection with God?
It's time for the Soli Deo Gloria link-up party!! Go have some fun (because you know you need some fun after this not-so-lighthearted post)! And, please, invite your friends!