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Seeds of the Kingdom

Fashioning Idols

by Paul Watson

He feeds on ashes, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?
Isaiah 44:20, NIV

It is surprising how easy we find it to fashion for ourselves something that we trust, perhaps sub-consciously, to give our lives meaning or purpose. Sadly, in reality, it’s a lie. In this passage in chapter 44, Isaiah, as a mouthpiece for God, is referring to a carved idol or ‘god’ that is constructed from the same log that is also used to make a fire to cook over. He is pointing to the obvious stupidity of worshipping and praying to something that they have made out of a block of wood – the same block that is also used just as fuel to keep a fire going!

But this word applies to anything in our lives that we allow ourselves to ‘idolize’. Perhaps subtly we end up elevating something or even someone to a place which effectively sits above our Heavenly Father in our lives. Is my busy-ness and long hours doing God’s work an idol? Does this good work become my defining objective? Maybe it is my family – my role as a father or mother which gives my life its value and purpose. Perhaps we make an idol of the pursuit of health and fitness – or the gathering of wealth to give me security.
But hope, purpose and security can never be found in the things we construct for ourselves. As declared in Isaiah 44:6, “This is what the LORD says – Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.”

Prayer: Father God, would you please reveal to me anything in my life which I may have elevated to be like an idol or a ‘god’. Help me to remove false idols and live in such a way that you alone are God in my life. Only then will I experience true hope, purpose and security.

Paul Watson Watson was for 15 years an Anglican Minister in Sydney, Australia before joining Ellel Ministries full time in 2004. Together with his wife Diane he was involved in establishing the first Australian Ellel Ministries centre “Gilbulla” near Sydney. Currently they are leading the work at Ellel Pierrepont in Surrey, UK. Paul & Diane have 4 adult children and 8 grandchildren.

 

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