“What profit is an idol
when its maker has shaped it,
a metal image, a teacher of lies?
For its maker trusts in his own creation
when he makes speechless idols!
— Habakkuk 2:18
Where in my life do I have idols? I know I must have some. What of my own devising am I trusting in? I don’t think ambition is necessarily evil, but it is often fueled by pride and has as its end goal personal fame and prestige. What are my ambitions? What motivates them? What is their end? There are my stated core values…and then there are the things I truly value. How can I tell the difference? Do my wallet and schedule line up with my mouth? Sadly, I must confess, they too often do not.
What profit are my idols of ability, talent, skill, knowledge, etc.? First off, these are all gifts of God, undeserved and unpaid for. Any profit which has come to me through these things is also a gift of God.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
— James 1:17
Everything I have is a gift given by God’s grace alone, not my own effort. Why trust in my own creation, or powers of creation? The flip side of that coin is why worry about anything either.
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?…And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?…Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
— Matthew 6:25, 27, 31-32
I’ve found a great deal of peace and experienced more joy over the past few weeks as Christ has taught me to cease from my striving and simply rest in him and trust him.