"And there you will serve gods of wood and stone, the work of human hands, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul."
// Deuteronomy 4:28-29
Our soul is the engine room for our emotions, the altar of our temple, the generator of our desires. It carries the imprint of our identity. But none of the functions of the soul work when the object of our worship is wrong, and our feelings, desires and self esteem end up leading us astray.
What we worship ends up defining our soul, because worship identifies and connects us to our creator. God created us to worship, so when idols and other images take the place of God in our life, the true person who we are created to be breaks down.
In Deuteronomy 4 God gives a monologue, revealing to His people that they will make the mistake of worshipping false idols and will replace Him with inanimate objects. The aftershocks of these decisions devastate their lives - not because God doesn't love them, but because when any created thing doesn't do what it was designed to do, it breaks down. Our soul was created to be filled with joy, hope, and courage. When worship is misplaced, our soul ends up being like a caged lion; it still resembles its original form but doesn't reflect its original design.
Whenever we worship, we place worth on the object of our worship. However, we all worship things that are unworthy. In this place of idol worship, if we are honest with ourselves, we know there is no life for our soul.
True worship, with God at the center, brings life. For He is the One who breathed life into dust and made man: spirit, soul, and body. We have the opportunity to seek God, to rediscover who we are through worship. Jesus has made a way for our souls to enter into the presence of God, and in His presence we see again who we truly are because we see our creator.
Maybe you recognize idol worship in your life. Are you happy with that idol being your god? Is your soul overwhelmed with peace and joy as a result of that kind of worship? Maybe today could be the beginning of a turnaround in your soul, where you acknowledge Jesus as the lover of your soul and the only one who truly brings life.
My prayer for myself and for you today, is that from where we are, no matter how misplaced our worship is, we will begin to seek God with all our heart and soul.
It is in seeking Him that we begin to discover His presence and our freedom.
// Josh Kelsey