1 Chronicles 16:25-27
In the modern coffee bar, it takes folding money and a knowledge of foreign languages and flavors to buy “a cup of coffee.” Do you prefer latte or cappuccino? Brazilian or Colombian? A shot of this or a shot of that? Many people who love coffee have steered clear of these modern caffeinated carnivals, though they would love to try them! Why? Choice often breeds passivity.
Some people laugh off the notion of one true God when they see the millions of gods created by human worshipers (the Hindu pantheon alone contains 300 million gods). “Why bother?” they reason. And yet the choices reveal another truth. When man creates a god—an idol to worship—he is saying, “This is what I need in a god. If I empower it with my worship, perhaps it will meet my need.” Of course, figures of wood or stone or metal cannot be animated by human attention or desire, and so the need goes unmet. But lurking in that religious exercise in futility is a profound truth: the human need to worship can only be fulfilled in a god worthy enough to be worshipped. And the only god worthy enough to be worshipped is the one who can meet every need of every worshipper in every place and at every time.
The prophet Isaiah showed that using the limited glory of man as a pattern for a god can only have disappointing results (Isaiah 30:22; 40:19; 44:13). All the gold, silver, chains, and jewels in the world can not animate a column of stone and make it worthy or worship. But the writer of Chronicles reminds us that the true God, the God who created heaven and earth, does exist and is worthy of our praise. He is to be reverenced above all other “gods,” for they are but idols.
In the marketplace, it’s easy to be confused by the multitudes of choices. It’s even possible to grow passive and procrastinate. But with God, there is only one. We should never be passive about choosing the one true God.
God’s Promise to You: “Unlike idols of stone, I always hear when you call on Me.”
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