August 30th, 2017
Idolatry Has No Dividends
Isaiah 46:6-7 (KJB) They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship. 7 They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.
The Israelites spoken of in this verse hired a goldsmith to fashion idols. Once the idols were crafted the people fell to their knees in worship of them. These idols were so important that they carried them wherever they went.
An idol of any making, whether it be of silver, gold, or any precious metal or stone, is valued at whatever price a person perceives it to be worth. Certainly, choosing to carry idols around made them a high priority for these ancient Jews. However, when an idol is measured against the eternal importance of God, its value shrinks to zilch in quite a precipitous manner.
Why may you ask?
An idol is fleeting, it diminishes in professed value according to contrary winds at work in this world. It has no lasting endearment, or valuableness when stacked up against the intrinsic eternal value of adoring and worshiping God, both in this world and forever in the eternal realm.
A man chooses to make many “things” into idols today, including his career, sports, his book knowledge, his works, and much more “things” weigh heavy in his mind and heart in the place of having a personal relationship with God. However, none of his altered priorities and passions will stand the eternal test of time.
A man often finds many “things” in this world to worship but only a personal relationship with God will last forever. All “things” man owns will diminish and fade away at the slightest contrary wind in this world. Adoring and worshipping God pays perpetual spiritual dividends.