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Worshipping false idols

Habakkuk 2:18  What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols!

As we look through the Old Testament of the Bible and see many examples of idol worship, it’s easy to arrogantly think that we’ve come so far from that way of life.  It seems so silly that someone would fashion an idol out of wood or bronze and then worship something that they had just created.  We know in our minds that God is the one worthy of worship as the Creator, but still we do worship the created.

Don’t think that this is true today?  How about extreme environmentalism where man worships the earth, which God created?  Or how about trusting in money to get you everything you want from position to health to security?  Some of us even worship our own children, building our entire lives around their little needs and wants.  We do worship idols that aren’t worthy of our full devotion.  There’s nothing wrong with taking care of the earth, earning money, or loving your children.  All of those are good things.  But when they are the main focus of our lives, they are our gods.

Habakkuk rightly points out the absurdity of putting our trust in and directing our worship towards idols we’ve created and expecting them to better our lives somehow.  Only God Himself is worthy to be praised and He deserves our full attention and devotion.

Thank God for you

Colossians 1:3  We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you

Do you pray for others?  Most of us do, but maybe we spend most of our time praying for the needs of others rather than going so far as to give thanks while we pray for them.  The example Paul gives in many of his letters is one we should follow.

Who has been a blessing in your life?  Who has done something for you that was selfless and kind?  Have you thanked God for them?  It’s interesting to note that Paul doesn’t specifically say here that he gives thanks for the people he’s praying for, just that he thanks God while he’s praying for them. (Actually, if you read this verse in context, it’s quite the run-on sentence)

Why don’t you try that today?  As you pray, when someone comes to mind, thank God.  It might be for something that person has done or you might just thank God for what He’s done while that person is on your mind.

There’s never a bad time to give thanks to the Lord.  He’s never upset to hear praises given up to Him, whether it’s during a designated prayer time or just some random time during the day.  Thank Him for all things, for all He’s done, for all He is, and for the people that He’s placed in your life.  Let them know that you thank the Lord when you pray for them.  It’s good to hear.

 

Worthy to be praised

Psalm 145:3  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.

Nobody’s perfect, right?  Nobody is truly worthy of being praised.  Well, not exactly.  There is only one who is worthy of all honor we could possibly ever give Him and then infinitely more.  The God of the universe, our Father, is worthy to be praised.

It’s not all about what He does for us – for that we give Him thanks.  No, what we praise Him for is simply who He is.  Just His character alone makes Him worthy of worship.  So who is He?

He’s the beginning of all things, the eternal Creator, the sovereign and omniscient Lord who calls, commissions, protects, and provides.  He’s omnipotent and omnipresent, the first among equals in the Trinity, knowable and yet unknowable, a place to find refuge and comfort.

He’s our portion, our treasure, our Father who adopts us into His family, so good and great and just that He disciplines us for our own sake.  He makes no mistakes, shapes all things and brings all things to completion.  He’s a holy judge who is patient and rules out of love.  He is awesome.  And He is worthy of all praise and honor and glory – forever and ever.

His glorious grace

Ephesians 1:6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

You know what’s best about the blessings of God? We don’t have to earn them. In fact, we can’t earn them. We can be rewarded for good deeds, sure. But the spiritual blessings of God, with which He was blessed us through Jesus Christ, cannot be obtained by anything we do.

That’s good news!  That’s better than good news!  The truth is,we’re all sinners, regardless of how much good we’ve done in this life here on earth. To compare anything we’re capable of doing for the good of mankind to what God has done and will do yet, is like saying we’ve learned all there is to learn after reading one children’s book.  It’s absurd!

Our Father’s grace is so wonderful, so glorious, that we can’t even comprehend just how amazing it is. We ought to be thanking Him every moment of every day.  We ought to be thinking about all He’s done for us in Christ. Take a moment. Start by writing just one spiritual blessing you’ve received from God and focus on that today. Tomorrow, think about another. At the end of a week, look back on all of the blessings you’ve recorded and rejoice.