Friday, March 19, 2010

Devotional Snapshot 52 - Idols

"If Christ's lordship does not disrupt our own lordship, then we must question the reality of our conversion." A Dangerous Grace Charles Colson

Ezekiel 6:4-7 "Then your altars shall be desolate, your incense altars shall be broken, and I will cast down your slain men before your idols...In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate, so that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, your idols may be broken and made to cease, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be abolished. The slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall kow that I am the LORD."

They trusted in other idols so God destroyed the temple hills and killed His people on them so that they would know He is the LORD.

They trusted in their gifts, talents, works (vs.6) so He killed them by sword, disease, famine... too sick and weak to that they would know God is the LORD!

They trusted in the economy, their money system, the production of the land so He made the land desolate, more desolate than the wilderness. Then they would know that He is LORD!

Today, thousands of years later, in a little coffee shop in modern America, a small Christian woman tries to trust in money, circumstances, her government, her children and husband for her happiness. The reminder is a powerful one ---bad things eventually happen to people who do not recognize, trust in, know the LORD. All the other above idols fail and can not give security or happiness--only knowing the Lord can offer freedom, joy, safety (inward safety).

Why would I want to trust any thing else. All else pales to the living, loving God. It is a joy to have such a powerful Savior watch over me, care for my well being, committed to keeping me safe in His eternal kingdom.

Teach me Lord to trust You, only You!

What are you trusting in for your happiness?

"Yes, we must hold fast to the anchor, but the good news is that our holding fast was secured by the blood of Jesus." A Godward Life John Piper

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