by Ray Harmer
Most have worshiped idols of some sort. For many Christians it’s a battle to erase them from our lives. Many years ago, I remember sitting in church surrounded by idols. I was drawn to them; instead of a personal God. We can make idols out of anything. For me it was anything hunting or fishing and then the things that almost cost me my life. Some worship money, Hollywood, cars, sports, and even the environment.
The Bible is full of folk worshiping rocks and statues. I have a problem with people who talk to inanimate objects. They just aren’t right-it doesn’t make sense. Then there are those who inflict pain upon themselves in order to experience (they think) what Jesus suffered. I am sure they hurt, but one thing they miss is the anguish Jesus suffered under the weight of mankind’s sin. These folk are making themselves idols.
As a young man, I was semi-religious. I wore three “religious” medallions on a chain. I was “protected” from anything and everything. Seriously speaking, it was no more than carrying a rabbit’s foot in my pocket. Instead of calling out to God personally, I would rub the medallions as if a genie would pop out and cure my woes-idolatry at its finest! They were useless; except I got thirty bucks as scrap after I knew better.
The Bible says in Ps. 115:4-7,” Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.” Some ask if God is any different. We can let Scripture respond.
God is not made of silver, gold or wood. “But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king…” (Jer. 10:10). He has a mouth as I have heard His sweet voice in my darkest hours (Mk. 1:11). God has eyes and sees all, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him” (2 Ch. 16:9). Scripture is replete with examples of God’s hearing. Ps. 17:6, “I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.” God certainly has hands and feet as crucifixion requires them. Lastly, God has a nose and can smell. “For we (the saved) are unto God a sweet savour of Christ…” (2 Co. 2:15). I cannot imagine the smell of a rotting carcass becoming a pleasant aroma, yet the stench of sinners, saved by Christ, is a sweet savor to God. Glory to God!
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