Thursday, August 09, 2012

Thought of the Day !!

[God says,] "To an image carved from a piece of wood they say, 'You are my father.' To an idol chiseled out of stone they say, 'You are my mother.' They turn their backs on me, but in times of trouble they cry out for me to save them!"
                                                           Jeremiah 2:27 (NLT)

The Israelites turned from God to worship the many gods of the pagans.  These gods were worshiped by bowing down to and praising statues or carvings called idols.  Today we may think this is a ludicrous idea.  There is no way that we would worship some statue out in the yard or some figurine on our living room mantle. 

But when we place other things in our lives before God (Jesus), then we've worshiped an idol.  If our priorities are centered on how much money we can earn, then we've worshiped the god called the almighty dollar.  If nothing in this life is more important than our friends, then we've become friend worshipers.  It can be the same with our family or our job. 

You might notice that none of these things I've mentioned are bad things.  They are all wonderful things when they fit in their place right behind the love of God.  For when we get into deep financial trouble where will we turn?  When we have a fight with a friend or a family member...when friendships cease or divorce happens...where can we turn?  When we lose that job, or it has lost it's appeal, then what can save us from turmoil?

Only God is perfect.  Only God will last forever.  Only God loves you more than all these put together.  It's perfectly OK to cry out to God (Jesus) when you're hurting or in trouble.  He will listen.  And believe it or not, He understands you...even more than a spouse or best friend.  But don't forget Him in the good times as well.  Let us live our lives daily praising and worshiping the one true God found in the Trinity (God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). 

In the love of Christ,


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