This weekend we had an incredible retreat with 75 college students from FCA and St. Alban’s at a glorious camp. Food was great… fun was abundant… and the speaker worshipfully pointed us to Christ.
His main point was that our affections are “off”… misdirected from Christ to creation. From God to idols. I was reading today in Genesis 29 about Jacob a master deceiver who wants nothing more than to misdirect his love… usually back upon himself. In Genesis 29 Jacob’s entire purpose while he was working for Laban was to marry Rachel. She was the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen. He worked for seven years in order to marry Rachel, but thanks to some scheming on behalf of his father-in-law, he accidentally had sex with her ugly older sister, Leah, instead.
Tim Keller, in his book Counterfeit Gods, stops here in the story and makes an extremely powerful point. When you put all your hope and security on going to bed with Rachel, it’s always Leah in the morning.
Whenever we think we’ll find satisfaction or fulfillment in anything besides God, it ends in disappointment everytime. It’s always Leah instead of Rachel.
Do you have any counterfeit gods in your life? Are you seeking the peace that only God can give from something besides God? It won’t seem as awesome tomorrow morning.