“In that day man will have regard for his Maker And his eyes will look to the Holy One of Israel. He will not have regard for the altars, the work of his hands, Nor will he look to that which his fingers have made, Even the Asherim and incense stands.” (17:7-8)
It’s amazing how crisis pushes us to faith. We tend to invent evils when we’re comfortable, and busy ourselves with idols. But as they say, there are no atheists in foxholes.
Storms have a way of pointing out how “sinking” our sand is.
I think a lot of the reasons white American Christians find themselves at a crisis point, lately, is because they’ve trusted the government for so long to keep them safe. Our military keeps terrorists at bay, our constitution protects our rights, but now those have been a little rattled and it’s had a big impact. (Some minorities have a more what’s new? attitude). The government push to keep us safe now, seems to be, more obviously, coming at the expense of others and that is uncomfortable for a group of folks whose religious leader directed the laying down of life for neighbors.
Israel had big plans to put their trust in Damascus to save them from Assyria. When Damascus fell, the sand became very obviously quick, and idols become increasingly good for nothing.
Where do you find yourself on this spectrum? Are you comfortable? Can you identify anything you may be hoping in outside the Lord? Are you holding tight to Him? Do you have any experience you’d like to share about that process?