Last night, as my husband and I were heading out for the evening, we had a beautiful view of the moon. In our new home, we are surrounded by trees (which I love) and the moon was still low on the horizon and bright orange. When we were getting in to the car, we saw it peeking through the bottom of the trees and it was amazing. It immediately reminded of what an amazing Creator we have! Only God could have thought of creating the moon that would have a different view each evening, reflecting different colors throughout the year. Throughout the ages, there have been societies that worshiped the moon (or feared the moon) rather than worshiped the Creator of the moon. Please read Jeremiah 10:12-16 to see God's view of worshiping anything other than the Almighty Creator.
Jeremiah 10:12 says, "But God made the earth by His power, and he preserves it by His wisdom." There was no other power that created the earth, only God with His unending power. The Israelites were surrounded by pagan societies that had an image for their gods. The Israelites; however, had no image to show who they worshiped. I think we still struggle with that today and want to have an image to God. He is a complete mystery to us because we cannot see Him or physically touch Him. I wonder if that is the reason that we sometimes mix things up a bit and find ourselves worshiping something that was created rather than the Creator Himself.
Since the cultures of the day had many gods and images to worship, they created idols to represent their gods and goddesses. God had some strong words for the people who create idols: foolish, disgraced, and they are without knowledge. God also says this of idols: "These idols have no breath or power. Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies!" He calls idols ridiculous lies - that is a very strong statement! People could choose to worship the only living God and Creator of everything, and instead they carve something from wood or stone and set it on an alter to worship it.
God is not an idol and He controls the universe - everything is in His hands. We may look at this section of scripture and think that we have everything figured out better than the Israelites and the ancient pagan cultures; however, we create our own idols even now. Money is created by human hands and has become central to everything we do. We may not literally bow down to it; however, money dictates how we live our lives - it dictates how we spend our time. Money isn't evil; however, it is too easy to misplace our trust in money rather than the creator of the universe.
Do you put your trust and worship to an empty idol or in the One and Only Living God?
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