I stood before her in awe; paralyzed by what I was seeing. Her face was full of affliction, as tears streamed down her cheeks. She poured her heart out in prayer, seeking for answers, peace and a sense of release. She would lean over and whisper in the ear of her god and straighten as if to gasp for air before leaning over again. Her god was an animal statue made from man’s hand; an idol with ears that could not hear, eyes that could not see, and feet that could not walk. One that could not offer her true peace.
My heart breaks for people that do not know the Living God I know.
“Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me. I, even I, am the LORD, and there is no savior beside Me.” (Isaiah 43:10b-11)
He is the creator of ALL things. And to know Him is to know His Son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
It brings me great comfort and peace to know that God hears me when I pray (communicate).
One of my favorite scriptures to reflect on comes from Psalm 116:1-2
“I love the Lord because He hears
my voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.”
It demonstrates that when we talk with God, He hears and listens to every word we speak.
In turn, He asks us to incline our ear towards Him. Isaiah 55:3a says: “Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live…”
God also desires us to incline our heart toward Him. Joshua 24:23 says: “Now, therefore, put away the foreign gods which are in your midst, and incline your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.”
To incline our heart towards God, we must put away the idols in our lives.
I want to share with you what Kelly Minter says so well about idols in her book, No Other Gods: Confronting our modern-day idols.
“Most of us think of an idol as a statue of wood, stone, or metal worshiped by pagan people…In biblical terms, it is something other than God that we set our heart on (Luke 12:29, 1 Cor. 10:19), that motivates us (1 Cor. 4:5), that masters and rules us (Ps. 119:133, Eph. 5:5), or that we trust, fear, or serve (Isa. 42:17, Matt 6:24, Luke 12:4-5). …An idol can also be referred to as a “false god” or a “functional god.”
So, my friend, an idol is not limited to objects like I mentioned at the beginning, where a woman was praying to a statue. It is anything that consumes us and takes our hearts away from God.
If not God, what or whom are you setting your heart on for answers, peace or a since of release? Let go and let God be first place in your heart, and seek Him for all you need and desire. Tell Him anything you want. He has a BIG EAR, and He can handle every word you share with Him. 😉
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deut. 6:5)
“For the Lord your God is the God of gods…” (Deut. 10:17). AMEN!