Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Blessed Sledgehammer

We serve an awesome jealous God
Whose anger burns when we
Deem anything more precious
Than his sovereign majesty

In Deuteronomy 6, Yahweh commands His people not to "go after other gods" reminding Israel that He is "a jealous God among" them. For this very reason the LORD will always set Himself against anything that we love or trust more than Him. God knows that we can only be truly happy when He is our supreme happiness. And so, in an ongoing display of covenant-kindness, He takes His cosmic-sledgehammer to anything that we place above Him. And this, as Samuel Rutherford noted, ought to be an occasion for rejoicing.

"I am most gladly content that Christ breaketh all my idols in pieces: it hath put a new edge upon my blunted love to Christ. I see he is jealous of my love, and will have all to himself." (Samuel Rutherford, The Loveliness of Christ)

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