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::Devotional:: ‘Hear No Idol, See No Idol, Speak No Idol’

July 12, 2010

It is easier to trust in something you can see rather than something you can’t see.  That is a simple rule of human nature.  In fact we often fear what we can’t see.  Why?  I think it’s because we have a tendency to think that somehow we have control over what we can see and have zero control over what we can’t.  Even children want the lights left on when they’re scared of the dark.  We have a built-in desire to trust in the tangible and that desire often leads us to trust, or worship, something other than God.

Consider what the Psalmist wrote:

4 But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. 5 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; 6 they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; 7 they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats.  Psalm 115:4-7

All throughout scripture we find people who cling to the tangible rather than trusting in the eternal.  But what are they actually clinging to?  Idols were carved statues, shapes, and images made of everything from stone and wood to silver and gold.  Some were animals while others resembled people.  Some could fit in your pocket and others could fill up a temple.  They provided a sense of comfort and to those who possessed them and worshipped them simply because they were tangible.

Unfortunately that sense of comfort and security was false.  Even in the most intricate of carvings, the mouths of the idols could not speak, the eyes of the idols could not see, and the ears of the idols could not hear.  They were nothing more than empty objects.  In fact, the Psalmist goes on to write that those who made and worshipped these empty objects became empty themselves.

8 Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.  Psalm 115:8

God calls us to be a people of faith because He is faithful.  He calls us to be a people of trust because He is trustworthy.  He calls us to worship him because He is worthy of our praise.  His ears hear our prayers, his eyes survey our lives and search our hearts, and his word speaks to us as we seek to listen.  Unlike the empty idols and empty worshippers, we serve a God who is alive and active.  Call upon his name and listen for his voice.  Be filled with his power.  Trust in Him today.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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One Comment leave one →
  1. pat turner permalink
    July 12, 2010 1:53 pm

    Good devotion you made a good point.

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