Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What if...Jeep has it right?

"Jeep - The things we make, make us."
Is there any truth to that?

All who make idols are nothing,
and the things they treasure are worthless.
Those who would speak up for them are blind;
they are ignorant, to their own shame.
Who shapes a god and casts an idol,
which can profit nothing?
People who do that will be put to shame;
such craftsmen are only human beings.
Let them all come together and take their stand;
they will be brought down to terror and shame.
- Isaiah 44:9-11

“Present your case,” says the LORD.
“Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.
“Tell us, you idols,
what is going to happen.
Tell us what the former things were,
so that we may consider them
and know their final outcome.
Or declare to us the things to come,
tell us what the future holds,
so we may know that you are gods.
Do something, whether good or bad,
so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear.
But you are less than nothing
and your works are utterly worthless;
whoever chooses you is detestable.
- Isaiah 41:21-24
In case you are thinking, as many of us do, that idol worship is the farthest from anything you would ever do...know this.  Idols are not just things.  Idols can be jobs/careers, people (even good people - pastors, mentors, family, children), financial stability, reputation/image, and so much more.

According to my recent Bible Study Fellowship notes on Isaiah 44, "anything---career, education, friends, health and physical fitness, even family---that consumes the fire of our devotion in the place of God, becomes an idol."

So, now, could you possibly be idolizing something or someone in your life?

I know I do at times.  As a matter of fact, right now, as the mother of a five-year-old son, I find myself idolizing the idea of a time in the future when my son will be more focused on his classwork and less easily distracted.  (Haha!  I know you're laughing right now...)  Seriously, though, we can be idol worshipers---consumed with devotion to something and/or someone other than God---and not even realize it.

And what does God have to say about all of this...other than what we have already read above?

To finish reading God's words on this as well as my last couple of thoughts, CLICK HERE.

Your thoughts?

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