Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O Lord our God? We set our hope on you, for you do all these things.
Let’s be honest, idols are inviting and attractive until we need something from them. They are the things we spend our time and energy thinking about and working for. They can be categorized under one of the three “p’s”; possessions, position, and power.
We love possessions…love to drive them, live in them, and play with them. We love position…love to have the right job with the right title and the right salary. We love power…love to be in control and call the shots. But…have you ever seen a father praying to the god of “job” when his child is sick? Have you ever seen a mother bowing in the front yard before the god of “house” when her marriage started to crumble? We love our idols…until we need something from them.
The Israelites learned that lesson the hard way. They had turned from God and turned to idols. But when drought and famine hit their lives, they found their idols unable to provide the needed rain. They found out that the idols were not so great after all. They finally realized that God was the only One who could provide what was needed, so they put their hope in him. Here’s the question: Where do you place your hope? Really? Your idols may be enticing for now; but wait until you need something from them.
- Ask God to show you what you truly bow before.
- Ask God to help you get rid of all false idols.
Father, show us the worthless idols in our lives. Help us identify them and destroy them. Help us place our hope in you and you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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