In Isaiah 2:6-8, I see a version of American culture.
6 You, Lord, have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and embrace pagan customs.
7 Their land is full of silver and gold; there is no end to their treasures. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots.
8 Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their fingers have made.
I see this even in my own perspectives if I allow it to get out of hand. We seem to believe that everything is in our hands if we just work for it. We are somehow able to “control the future” if we work just a little harder, make more money, save more, buy more stuff, etc…
We know this isn’t true. We know the Lord is the one who has blessed us with the opportunities we have in front of us. Any success we’ve had is owed to God.
I do believe it’s up to us to make the most of the gifts the Lord has bestowed upon us, but for His glory rather than our own. And then to be a good steward of the resources that come as a result of those blessings. Easy to say, tough to do, especially in our culture.
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