Psalm 115:1-8- “Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory, for the sake of Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness! Why should the nations say, ‘Where is their God?’ Our God is in the heavens; He does all that He pleases. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound… Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them…”
My best friend went on a couple mission trips to India a few years ago. She had many stories to share upon her return, but one stood out to me, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. She remembered walking through the same village many times, but one night she noticed something new. A large rock had been painted orange… and people were kneeling before it, chanting and praising. One of the Indian family members she was staying with said, “They were so desperate for something to worship/serve, they made themselves a god.”
That saddens my heart more than I can say. I felt so burdened for that particular group of people for the longest time. But, then something registered with me. This kind of thing goes on around me every single day. There are certain restaurants I walk into that have tiny little statues all over their establishment. I get my nails done and see the same thing. I’ve walked into stores and paintings and carvings of many different idols were sitting there on the shelf waiting to be purchased. People all around us long for some Higher Power, but they’re just not sure how to find Him. They would settle for an inanimate, visible object, because that’s the only “real” they’ve yet to experience.
If you have been introduced to Jesus Christ, you have come in contact with the Living God. He sits high, but looks low. (Psalm 138:6) He speaks to us and for us. (John 10:27, Hebrews 1:1-2, 1 Timothy 2:5) His eyes are ever open and He is always looking out for and watching us. (2 Chronicles 16:9) When we call upon Him, He hears us. There’s not one word we utter before Him that He doesn’t listen to. (1 John 5:14-15) He is touched by every pain we feel, (Hebrews 4:15) and He holds us in the palm of His hand! (Isaiah 49:16)
Knowing that even history itself confirms that Jesus was crucified, but rose from the dead, is proof enough for me that He is alive and well! Getting to experience Him myself — undeniable! He is sovereign over all and guides my life. I didn’t have to purchase an idol that some human- as fallible as me- created with their hands. No, I have a relationship with the God that formed me! There is a definitive hope that only serving Him brings. Having confidence that cannot be explained, and trust that can’t be matched, offers a peace and security for every day the future gives you.
If you feel that “God consciousness” within you reaching out for something that brings your life contentment and purpose… look no further. Try Jesus. What would it cost you? (Less than you’d pay for that idol on the shelf, no matter how cheap!) His gift of salvation is free! You didn’t have to pay anything to know Him, but He gave everything He had to know you!
What a difference serving a living God makes!
Prayer: Jesus, I worship You today. I praise You, for You are the One, True, Living God. With all that might and power Your possess, You’re gentle and gracious, and You bestow mercy on us every day. Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness. Help me shine Your light, so those looking can see Who You are. I love You, Lord. In Your name, amen.