Saturday, July 11, 2015

Devotional Thought : Isaiah 2:20

In that day people will throw away to the moles and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship. Isaiah 2:20

When I read about idols in the Bible, I wonder what is the equivalent in Western society? We are too sophisticated to literally bow down to the things we have made, yet idols come in many different guises. What is an idol to someone might not have the same power in someone else's life so it is hard to identify idols in today's society.

An idol can be anything we prize and value if it takes God's place in our lives. However as we don't tend to treat objects in a worshipful way, we overlook the power of idols in our lives.

In Ortlund's Commentary of Isaiah he notes: "Idols are precious. They are always our hard-won silver and gold. That's why we prize them. They are beautiful, but also contemptible."

An idol is something that has cost us dearly but the cost may not be monetary. It could be time. Time spent pursuing a career, a relationship, a hobby, an achievement, a status. It could even be something that is a good and beneficial way of spending our time. Yet Ortlund describes idols as contemptible because they rob us of God.

Recently I heard the testimony of a promising footballer who became a Christian and lost interest in playing football. Not that being a footballer is a bad career choice but rather for him football was his source of his fulfilment. Once he became a Christian he realize football's inadequacy to provide him with lasting satisfaction.

Are there idols in our lives that are going undetected? Things that are stealing our time and robbing us of what God wants to give us.

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