This weekend we focused on idols, and how we so love to worship them.
It is absurd, yes, to place God into some minute thing of which He holds prominence over, yet time and time again we bow before our little gods. We do this to isolate, reduce, and control God, wanting to make him small, safe, and tame.
It makes me think of the talking beavers in CS Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In discussing Aslan to the children who have stumbled into Narnia, Mr. Beaver says this:
“’Safe?’ said Mr. Beaver; ‘don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.’”
Isn’t that the way it is with God? He was never meant to be controlled by our little ideas and conceptions and theories. He is the One to whom we must surrender our little ideas and conceptions and theories. We, our very lives, are subject to Him; He’s the King, after all.
And the problem with idolatry is that it places in objects what only the person of God can fulfill. Idols disappoint, dominate, deform, destroy, duplicate. And at the end of all that tired run of harmful alliteration, idols leave you empty and searching or dead and gone. There is no life in them; there is no fulfillment.
No man, woman, idea, activity, nothing under or over the sun, no thing beneath or on the earth, is worthy of worship. Only God, and He alone, deserves our praise and adoration.
Let us lay our idols down, trading once and for all the counterfeit for the real thing.
You can hear the message in the media section of http://www.capebiblechapel.org and we hope you will join us as we continue to study the ten commandments.