Into the fabric of our being, our perfect state of goodness at the beginning of creation, was designed dependence and incompleteness. God is our true source of life and satisfaction. But with our freedom we choose to be in charge of our own lives instead of acknowledging that we belong to God. We try to satisfy ourselves our own way. We hunger for wholeness and love. We sense need and emptiness but we often seek to fill it with popularity, security, sex, control, material things, power, entertainment, money and pleasure, etc. This leads to our destruction and brokenness, because it separates us from the only One Who can give us true life. Independent of God we live in a fog. Focusing on ourselves, we are starved for meaning. Darkness and chaos lie over every part of our lives.
The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He is trusting something that can give him no help at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, “Is this thing, this idol that I’m holding in my hand, a lie?” Pay attention, O people, for you are mine. I, the LORD, made you, and I will not forget to help you. I have swept away your sins like the morning mists. I have scattered your offenses like the clouds. Oh, return to Me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” ~ Isaiah 44:20-21 (NLT)