When Moab appears at her high place, she only wears herself out…. (Is 16:12).
A couple of weeks ago I got a phone call to come and officiate some basketball games. That morning I had done one of my HITT training workouts and splashed a little extra cardio on as well. Needless to say, I had already done plenty of physical exercise for the day, but when the opportunity came to referee five basketball games in one night I jumped at the chance.
Somewhere around game three all I could think about was a peanut butter sandwich and a nap. I was worn out and tired. My body needed rest. The next day it felt like I got hit by a dump truck driven by the Undertaker.
The Scriptures speaks often about high places and in this context they are referring to high place that has been built to a false god to worship. You and I have those high places too.
The pursuit of perfection, being” known” by others, having a cushy bank account, finding temporary comfort from our anxiety or moving up the ladder are all exhausting ambitions. Yet, we strive and strain to become something or feel better about something; only wearing ourselves out along the way.
Sometimes my mind runs a marathon with my thoughts. I just can’t seem to slow my mind. I feel restless, worried, and anxious until I go to my self-made high place.
Lord, forgive me.
There’s a temporary satisfaction found there. Yet, God says, go to a different high place. Enter into my throne room to find mercy, rest and contentment.
The endless striving towards our own idols, in the long run, will slowly destroy us. They keep us from rest. We sacrifice relationships to go to those high places of comfort and false satisfaction. We use them to bring the temporary comfort that the eternal satisfaction of God wants to bring in our lives. Jesus says, “come to me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.”
When Josiah took over as King the first thing he did was destroy the high places. He didn’t want them to influence Israel anymore. For the sake of our own lives and those coming after us, we should do the same.
Lord, I often run and strive after sin. I need your grace and love to run in the freedom that Christ offers me. I demolish any strongholds over my life in Jesus name. I destroy all of them for the sake of your glory in my life. Lord Jesus, I need you. I know that even though I saw with words that I have destroyed them, my sinful heart often slowly starts to rebuild them when I am living in places of fear. Father, help me to walk a transparent life for your glory. God, show me those high places I have set up, so that you and I can tear them down together, in Jesus name, amen.