Wednesday, August 19, 2020
“Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?”
Personal Note: As I read this verse I immediately thought of the temples, altars, and religious centers around the world with statues and images adorned with jewels, gold filigree, and other embellishments. How can we express with our limited creativity and earthly resources a Sovereign God Who has never been seen and is Spirit? (1 Tim 6:16, John 4:24)
- No one and no thing, especially anything made by human hands, can compare to You. (Psalm 86:8)
- Lord, give us the ability to communicate Your truth just as Paul preached to the people of Athens, a city filled with idols. To us, You are not an “unknown god”, but One Who is our everything! Give us the words, spirit, and power to proclaim You are above all gods. (Acts 17)
- Help us to recognize any idols in our own lives. No matter how we rationalize our behaviors, You know the truth. Expose those areas that displease You. Give us time and grace to repent.
- Man’s idols can’t speak. But You, oh Lord, You speak to us through Your Word, in our spirits, and through each other. How often we hear words that ignite our hearts and we know in our “knower” that You are speaking. Speak louder still! (Hab 2:18)
- Forgive us, Lord. We stand in the gap and repent for those who don’t know the truth about worshiping idols and for tolerating false doctrines. Tear down the altars of Baal that reside in our nation. Bring Your holy fire to burn up our man-made altars and replace them with Your glory! Lead us away from sin and to Your throne. (Rom 1:23)
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Our faith is a relationship, not a religion. For this reason we do not need representation of our God, we have Him living within us. Why would we want something beyond that?