23 Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
25 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.
1 Chronicles 16:23-27
Last week, I was participating in a group discussion. The topic was on comfort, marriage, and what God “expects” of a man. As discussions circled the room, a common complaint arose from a few of the participants. “She just doesn’t get me!” – those speaking about their spouses, some of which married over 10 years time. Others interjected on the idea of “ownership” and godly husbandry and added that most every situation a man found himself in, could be equated to “his own dang fault”.
Speaking from my own experience, I’ve been a pro at blaming others, or blaming things on the circumstance, causing me to fail or sin. Back home, we’d use a simple graphic to alleviate this issue.
The triangle is simply used to show that we tend to gravitate to the “other” side of the triangle for our worth or expectations. This can be others, (a spouse), friends, a career, money, power, drugs, fame, whatever, you fill in the blank… in the believers life, going across the triangle for this worth is idolatry. Idols are ANYTHING we place before Christ.
Here, we see that despite ANYTHING, when we take our life to the top of the triangle, (God), everything else finds its place on a lesser level.
How especially important in marriage, that as both people on opposite sides of the triangle are moving towards Christ, their lives converge as ONE founded and focused on and with God.
There are no excuses to avoid this truth. I say again, NO EXCUSES.
We all have the ability to go to Christ for everything. It is in our choosing for other options where the disconnect happens. You wanna see turmoil and strife, you take your idols and put them on the top of the triangle. You wanna see peace and joy? You keep Christ at the top. It’s the only way to keep our idols crushes. The power of God in me is a Christ centered, God focused, Father submittal. Thus the Spirit moves and conquers all the excuses.
I remember a great acronym to help remember what idols are:
I – Items
D – Duties
O – Others
L – Longings
Where is your focus today? On the King and on the cross or on worthless things? Check your triangle and get it pointed to God.