By Jim Denison (excerpt)

Creating God in our own image

Creation of man

Voltaire noted, "In the beginning God created man in His own image, and man has been trying to repay the favor ever since."

Reading Psalm 143 this week, I was struck by a thought I'd never considered before.

David prays about how God, out of His love, will bring David's soul out of trouble, cut off his enemies and destroy his adversaries (verse 11-12).

David ended his prayer with the words, "for I am your servant" (v. 12b). "Servant" translates the Hebrew ebed, meaning someone who is subordinate to a master or owner. Why would David think that the Lord was more likely to answer his prayer for protection if he was the ebed of God?

Because a master is responsible for his or her servant. A good master provides security and all the needs of the servant. So long as David remained the ebed of God, he could count on the protection of God.

If, however, he became his own master and made God his servant, *he was on his own. He could not count on the King to protect someone who was rebelling against His authority.

As I considered this fact, I realized that it encapsulates the tragic mistake our secular culture is making. We believe that we are God and God is our subject.

As C. S. Lewis put it: "The ancient man approached God (or even the gods) as the accused person approaches his judge. For the modern man the roles are reversed. He is the judge: God is in the dock [on trial]. Man is quite a kindly judge: if God should have a reasonable defense for being the god who permits war, poverty and disease, he is ready to listen to it. The trial may even end in God's acquittal. But the important thing is that Man is on the Bench and God in the Dock."

And, as a result, we lose the fear of divine judgment in this life and the next.

One of Satan's greatest victories in our culture is persuading us that the love of God precludes the judgment of God. We would never believe this of a parent or an employer, but many believe it's true of God.

To even suggest that the Lord might punish us for unbiblical morality is to be branded intolerant and puritanical. To even suggest that those who reject Jesus will spend eternity separated from Him in hell is to be ridiculed for fanatical bigotry.

But a holy Master must punish the sins of His subjects, whether they recognize His authority or not. A criminal who no longer believes there is a judicial system is no less subject to it.

Because you and I are fallen people, our default position is to be our own master, the king of our own kingdom. Every single day, we must make the conscious decision to dethrone ourselves and enthrone Jesus.

In order that we finite beings may apprehend the Emperor He translates His glory into multiple forms - into stars, woods, waters, beasts, and the bodies of men. - C.S. Lewis

If you've not put Him on the throne of your life yet today, you are on that throne. And you're missing His blessing while risking His judgment. Consider this article to be God's invitation to make Him your King and yourself His servant.

And know that your Father always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.

See Jim's full article at denisonforum.org

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