“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
This scripture was part of the devotion I am reading. It was this quote from the Jonathan Kahn devotion that really resonated with me. “When a civilization redefines its values, when it changes the meanings and definitions of reality away from God and away from the created order, when it alters the measure of morality, of right and wrong, to conform them to its will and desires, it’s dealing in altered weights, false measure… Deceptive balances. It is turning the objective into the subjective and man into God.”
Have I settled for false weights? I know I often try to conform thing to my own will and desires. Too often I allow the world’s meanings and definitions of reality to taint or alter my view. It seeps in so quietly, that it is easy to miss. The great compromise is that the redefining of our values is done so subtly we rarely recognize it. It is only when society has completely changed the meaning and definition of reality away from God that we wake up and realize what our silence has cost.
For example, tonight in prayer I found myself praying for my family. I prayed for my husband, children, my extended family. Then turned my prayers towards my coworkers and our church. As I finished, I ask myself “I stand in the gap for so many but who stands in the gap for me?”
I immediately had to ask myself, “Am I trying to replace God with man? Do I want my will above His?” It was a self-centered question, but it was where I was at. The world teaches “What about me mentality” and I let it creep into my prayer life.
God brought me to: “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,”
1 Timothy 2:5
Jesus Christ is the mediator. He not only stands in the gap. He filled it completely. It is not evil to have others pray for you, but I have to realize that God already knows my needs. He hears my prayers, my petitions the same as He hears others pray for me. It is good to come together in prayer with others, but even if no person is standing in the gap specifically for me, Christ is there mediating on my behalf.
It is important to start recognizing where I am allowing false weights into my life. Areas where I allow small compromises to take me farther than I ever ended on a path I never should have be on. I can not allow myself to call evil good because I allow the world to redefine good and evil for me.
Prayer – Lord forgive me for looking to man to fill the gap that only you can. Thank you Jesus for standing in the gap for me! Help me to wake up and stand for what is Godly, to voice Biblical principals