Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Blind Spot of Loving Ourselves More Than God

Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD! (Lamentations 3:40)

Excerpt from “Walking with God in Self-Awareness" – 2011-10-16
When struggle and suffering and pain come into our lives, our fallen sinful tendency is to complain and grumble and protest and question God as to why we have struggle, suffering and pain in our lives. That is our fallen, sinful tendency because, like Narcissus, our fallen, sinful tendency is to stare into the deep pool of own reflection rather than keep our eyes on the One in whose image we were created. Because we are so often madly in love with our own reflection, we are unable to see even the true depth of our own sin. The very fact that the chosen people of God Jeremiah was writing about questioned God’s motives and goodness proves they were not self-aware of how blind they were to their own sin.

Jeremiah lived during troubled times. He became a prophet during the reign of Josiah, who was the last faithful king in Judah’s history. Josiah’s death was the beginning of the last years of the nation of Judah. Within two short decades the great blessing and prosperity of the people of God was gone- replaced by political, social, financial, moral, and spiritual decay. God had warned them through not only Jeremiah but also through the prophets Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah that this is what would happen if they continued their persistence in focusing on themselves and their continual wandering away from God. And they ignored the warnings because they could not see their sin beyond the blind-spot of loving themselves more than God – and untold struggle and suffering and pain came into their lives, and they still couldn’t see their sin.