DayBreaks for 8/10/17: Just Goblets
From the DayBreaks archive, 8/7/2007:
Daniel 5:23 (NIV) – Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.
Goblets. Mere goblets. Nothing more than metal fabrications, the skill of a craftsman who labored over them with pride in his/her workmanship. The metal that made them was the same as any other gold or silver – the composition was identical, with perhaps slight variations for impurities. There was nothing significant about them – except for one thing. They had been in the temple of the Living God and were intended for use there.
It’s an easy thing to take the things of God and make them into insignificant furnishings, places, objects, just like everything else. But the things of God are different. They are holy because they belong to Him, the One who is Holy.
We are prone to see ourselves just like everyone else. Most of us have two arms and two legs, 2 eyes, ears, feet and hands. And we conclude that we’re just like all the other 7.442 billion or so people in the world. But we are not. We weren’t just “in the temple of the Lord”, but we ARE the temple of the Lord.
This day is the day that He formed by His craftsmanship. Will I take this day and make it like every other day, or will I seek to find the unique blessings that this day is to hold and that He wants to give to me to enjoy this day? The tree outside my kitchen window is His tree. The buzzard flying by the window in search of food is His buzzard. The flowers growing in the planter box are decorated uniquely by Him and they lift their heads up to His glory.
It is dangerous to take the things of God and make them ordinary. It is dangerous to think we – or others – are ordinary. When we see all things as His, we “honor the God who holds in His hand your life and all your ways.”
I really don’t take enough time daily to meditate on the beauty and the wonder of all God’s things, to see them as His, created for His delight and glory. I can easily take things for granted and minimize them into normalness rather than seeing them as holy because they are His. And, more than anything else, I need to see and remember and understand that as the temple of the Holy Spirit, I, too, am holy. The ordinary has gone for the Christian. All is now holy because of Him!
What are you doing with God’s things today?
PRAYER: Thank You, Jesus, for the wonder of a world that holds no ordinary things because they all belong to You. Help us to see Your creation, and especially our fellow humans, as something wonderful, precious and special because we are the work of Your hands. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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