“Those who make them have become just like them, have become just like the gods they trust.” Psalm 115.8
Couples who walk together for a long time begin to look alike. Young couples at times look like they have been together for years, often because there is something about them that looks alike. The sight of people in love is encouraging. The experience of seeing a couple that looks as they walk as one is show stopping. They carry a grace and power that is exotic and inspiring all at the same time.
The Psalmist reflects on his God versus the gods around him. I can see him musing about his desire to walk as the God he passionately wants to know. I also note his words and my observations that we begin to look like the gods, people or things that we pursue.
Is money the most important thing in life to you? You will begin to look and walk with money’s values; cold, simplistic, focused, hard hearted, and ruthless.
Is beauty and intimacy your goal? Pursuing short-skirts, fashion scenes, dance-parties, and sex will only get you the world’s version of transient beauty. Experiencing physical exercise without heart is pointless. Sex without relationship and commitment does not equal intimacy. Intimacy comes from relationship, not self-driven self-absorption.
Do you want status? There are warnings about this goal. You will reflect all that comes with these values. The trouble with this goal is the lack of grace, love, beauty, relationship, and giving; all values God created us to desire and need.
I want to experience everything good and beautiful life can offer. I want relationship, beauty and love, and to grow in the experience. I want to give more than I receive. I need to know that I bring value and others find it helpful.
Everything I want I find in the God of the Bible and Jesus. This is a unique God; one who loves without conditions, accepts without change, and gives forever without record. I want to become just like this God with His help.