Do-Gooders (Part 93)
Idolize Nothing And No One
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
Psalm 16:4 (NIV)
The things they treasure are worthless.
Isaiah 44:9 (NIV)
Their land is full of idols; they bow down to the work of their hands.
Isaiah 2:8 (NIV)
My people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols.
Jeremiah 2:11 (NIV)
When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you!
Isaiah 57:13 (NIV)
They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.
Jeremiah 2:5 (NIV)
For it is the land of carved images, and they are insane with their idols.
Jeremiah 50:38 (NKJV)
The Old Testament is a rich Resource every modern-day Christian should study. It shares Israel's moving history, including its ruinous falls from faith, followed by the Lord's tough-love corrections. If you're wondering why you should read It, consider seven critical reasons:
1. Our church at large bears similarities to ancient-day religiosity.
2. Our world at large bears similarities to ancient-day rivalries and values.
3. The idolatry God hated back then is modern media's main attraction.
4. False prophets still preach charming messages. They promise health, wealth and acquisition.
5. God's punishments are sober reminders of idolatry's sure-fire conclusion.
6. Publicized celebrities are worshipped by millions of poor and lonely people.
7. Stars are copied by leaderless people, like lost sheep trailing after slick shepherds.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, don't adore entertainment's giants: neither its stars nor its star-makers. Respect them, but never revere them. Think of Joseph, Daniel and Esther. They lived in idolatrous cultures. Their calling was similar to yours: to rise, shine and give God the glory. Each of them succeeded brilliantly, by embracing two priorities:
1. They remembered their Big Boss was God.
2. They refused the worship of idols.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.