In the world but not of it

September 4, 2010

Caught in a trap…

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and it became a trap…Judges 8:27

There are so many things in life that can become traps for us. Things that were initially meant to be a blessing often become a burden.

Gideon had an ephod made of gold and placed it in his hometown as a reminder to the people of all the victories the Lord had given them. This item, much like an award, a statue or a plaque was placed somewhere where the people could visibly see it and be reminded.

But instead of being reminded and encouraged of what the Lord had done the ephod became something the people worshipped instead. They chose to look at the creation rather than the Creator. How could they do this after such amazing victories? Yet, we too have done this in our own lives.

We see Christian businessmen who acquire the “tools of the trade” to perform their jobs well and be effective only to succumb to the desire for more and have their possessions possess them.

We see men in leadership positions in the church who have been used mightily by the Lord begin to buy into their press clippings and start to draw their power from the praises of men rather than the Lord.

We see parents who, in an effort to bless their children, lavish them with the things of the world only to see their affection for Christ drawn away and focused more on the latest gadget, the best education, the involvement in worldly endeavors.

The examples continue. The Lord has given us all a measure of time, talent and treasure. All these are intended to be blessings not burdens. All these are intended for us to be reminded of the Giver. All these are meant to encourage us as we recall God’s grace and mercy in our lives.

If what we’ve been given cannot be used for His glory in return or if what we’ve been given has drawn our affection from Him in even the smallest of ways then it must be placed back into the right priority in our life.

The blessings of God are intended to be treasures but we are always in danger of turning them into traps.

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