Jeremiah 10: 1—11: 23
In the first part of today’s reading Jeremiah reiterates the worthlessness of idols. Remember an idol is anything we put in place of God and expect it save us when we need saving or comfort us when we need comfort instead of God. God has told us over and over in the OT to have no God except for Him. Idol worship is the deliberate choice to set God aside and put our faith in something else. And that choice is worthless.
10: 11-16 stood out to me because it made me reminded me “science” is really the study of how God made everything and holds it all together. I have a son who is particular to the study of all things. He is an investigator and delights in discovering new things. However, I pray for him that his discovery would not puff him up and make him think that he is discovering or inventing some aspect of science. I want him to investigate, study and discover but, have it all make him be fully in awe of the Great Creator of Heaven and Earth. I want him to know that the scientific community does not disprove the existence of God, they actually prove it every day by discovering what He has made and how He holds it together.
PS. Science that tries to figure out life on earth without God is an example of idol worship.
Colossians 3: 18—4: 18
There is that word “submit” again. If you are counting, this is the second time Paul has told us to submit to our husbands. We are getting close to “repeated theme” territory and we have said before that if there are repeated themes then they must be important. Well, guess what. This is important.
If God has to command us to do this, ladies, then that means we will not naturally do this on our own. Remember God is in the business of making us more like Jesus and having us produce fruit of the Spirit. (Peace, joy, love, patience, gentleness and self-control.) He asks us to do things that are not easy for us as a way to teach us to rely on Him, and not our own efforts. God is not interested in efficiency or who does the job best. He simply says, “Wives submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord,” and then He lets His perfect plan of sanctification unfold. Want to know the fastest way to be sanctified? Try submitting to your imperfect husband. (This is not a derogatory statement against my husband. As husbands go mine is pretty perfect, but don’t tell him I said that.)
But do not lose hope my friend. Because God has commanded your husband to do something that is equally sanctifying for him—he has to love his wife and never treat her harshly. And don’t give me that bologna about, “I will submit to him when he loves me.” That is the worst kind of marital standoff. You be the mature one and go first!