Sam and I ate lunch recently with my Aunt B.J. in a Chinese restaurant. Prominently displayed on a counter was a large brass Buddha. That obese figure reminded me of the hundreds of millions of people who still worship inanimate man-made objects and live constantly in fear of offending evil spirits. Imagine how God must feel! He created us to fellowship with Him. He made us with a spectacular relationship in mind and what happens—people reject Him for their own creations.
Habakkuk 2:18-19--What use is a carved idol after its craftsman carves it? It is only a cast image, a teacher of lies. For the one who crafts its shape trusts in it and makes idols that cannot speak. Woe to him who says to wood: Wake up! or to mute stone: Come alive! Can it teach? Look! It may be plated with gold and silver, yet there is no breath in it at all.
An idol is a false god; an image adored. Idolatry constitutes excessive dedication to, or dependence upon, anything that replaces God. When idols are defined as objects it is simple to spot them and bemoan anyone foolish enough to bow before them. Perhaps that is why wealthy nations are so easily seduced by Satan. We cannot see our idols or admit to our idolatry.
Let nothing steal our heart from God or devalue His throne! He is jealous for our love. After all He has done for us how do we dare not make Him first? Our cause is not to emplace what will burn or embrace what cannot save or replace our preeminent Lord. “Therefore, put to death what belongs to your worldly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, God’s wrath comes on the disobedient” (Colossians 3:5,6). Our first cause is to love God! King David sang it well, “How happy is the man who has put his trust in the Lord and has not turned to the proud or to those who run after lies!” (Psalm 40:4).
Idolatry is the outcome not of ignorance, but of perversity.—Oswald Chambers in Notes On Ezekiel
If I enthrone anything other than God in my life, God retires and lets the other god do what it can. The majority of us do not enthrone God, we enthrone common sense. We make our decisions and then ask the real God to bless our god’s decision. We say, “It is common sense to do this thing,” and God leaves us, because we are outside the frontier where He works.—Oswald Chambers in The Pilgrim’s Song Book
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)