Blogs. It’s awesome to get likes for each post, right? A new follower? Glorifying God is the intention of my blog at least. I prefer to post as the Holy Spirit leads and not just following the WordPress guideline of at least two a week. Yet God taught me a thing or two.
I was praying, prostrate, very intensely one night for something. In the middle of it, God interrupted and went off the topic completely (I love how He does that!) and said in no uncertain terms,
“Your love of receiving likes on your blog is seeking the approval of man. It is adultery to Me.”
I lay there with my mouth wide open for a good few minutes. I was shocked so all I could muster was “Okay, Lord…”
I repented but had to really sit and dwell on it for a while. I never saw it like that, I just found it all fun! Adultery? Wow! Did I hear incorrectly?
The more I got to think of it, the more I saw He was right (duh!). As I said above I post as the Holy Spirit leads – it’s all His doing, not mine. Everything I experience is because of Him, nothing that has ever happened to me is of my own doing. So why do I care how many likes each post gets? He gets the glory with a post that will resonate with someone else. That’s the point. This is His voice through my blog, I need to ensure He is happy with what I post. And that’s enough!
The term adultery is not just used to refer to sexual relations outside of marriage but also to Israel turning away from God to serve idols:
“Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce… through her casual harlotry, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and wood” Jer 3:8-9
The word adultery in Exodus 20:14 is the root word na’aph which means to commit adultery or idolatrous worship. Focusing on the world and not God makes us a “wicked and adulterous generation”! (Matt 16:4). “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God?” (James 4:4)
Adultery breaks a covenant, and is brought about by various attitudes, such as in my case here. The root word for adultery in Matthew 5 is ‘moichos’ and means adulterer, or metaphorically, a person who is faithless toward God or is ungodly.
I was going to remove the “like” plugin altogether, but the more I meditated on this, I came to realise it is an issue of my heart I have to correct first. Removing it would not help the issue at hand. So, He teaches me that with every post, if I only get one like, that is perfect; I can be at peace that He is happy with what I’ve put up.
(P.S. – I’m sure He won’t mind you liking this post, I have to practice! *wink wink* 😉 )