2020 has proven to us that global change can happen in a blink of an eye.
Companies declared bankruptcy. Everyone stayed in their homes. All of us valued health more than anything.
These circumstances show us that man does not have full control of life.
That is why I encourage everyone to pause, read your Bible and pray.
Only God knows what is going to happen so we should continue to seek Him daily.
Here are the verses for this devotional story:
22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
Here are my takeaways from the verses:
1. The wise can be made foolish.
I broke this concept down into two:
People need God
God uses ordinary people
The current circumstances have proven that we cannot live without God. Huge companies are shutting down, and significant layoffs are happening.
Amid the chaos, some ordinary people are thriving.
1 Corinthians 1:27
New International Version
27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
People Need God
Even influential people can be brought down if God allows it, just like what happened in the book of Daniel.
The king had a vision in a dream, and he did not know what it meant. He called for Daniel to interpret it for him.
The vision was about a statue that was made of four metals. The head was made of gold, chest and arms were made of silver, legs were made of iron, and feet were made of iron and clay.
In the vision, a stone hit the feet of the statue and destroyed the it. This stone grew and became a rock that covered the world.
The metals represent the empires that ruled the world. Gold is Babylon; silver is Persia; iron is Rome; iron and clay are the divided Roman Empire. These empires, no matter how strong they were, collapsed.
The stone represents Jesus. The kingdom that Jesus builds will not collapse, but it will grow and cover the world.
The lesson here is to trust the most powerful God and not yourself.
God Uses Ordinary People
I have written two books as of date. I am confident that I will have more published. Who am I? I am nobody, and as you can tell, I am not a gifted writer. I was available, and God used me.
David, the shepherd, became king, Gideon, the farmer, became a general, and Peter, the fisherman, became a pillar of Christianity.
God can use anyone if we are willing to accept His call.
2. Idolatry causes foolishness
English Standard Version
The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
they have eyes, but do not see;
they have ears, but do not hear,
nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them become like them,
so do all who trust in them.
Oxford defines Images as:
plural noun: images
"her work juxtaposed images from serious and popular art".
"she strives to project an image of youth".
The definitions above tell us that idolatry can be anything that we glorify more than God.
Idolatry generally is about images for worship, but if there is anything that you devote yourself more than God, then that's also idolatry.
Idolatry could be prioritising a celebrity, organisation, game, trend, and person more than God.
Our next steps
If we want to grow in our spiritual life, then we need to make some adjustments.
1. Do not worship using graven images.
29 "Therefore, since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill.
For our benefit, we should only worship God in spirit.
When you see others worship idols, do not argue with them. Build a relationship and talk to them about God's love and goodness. It is the goodness of God that will turn the hearts of men to repentance.
2. Put God first
English Standard Version (ESV)
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
The concept of praying without ceasing always come to mind when I talk about "putting God first."
If you think about it, it is impossible to pray nonstop. One thing we can do is to turn all our activities to acts of worship.
For example, if you are working, come on time and do your best. Make this an offering to Jesus. If you encounter difficulty, pause, and pray instead of ranting. When you eat, pray for blessings.
It is also essential to set aside time in your day for prayer and to read the Bible. This way, you can hear God's instructions so you could fulfil the plans that He has for you.
Let us Sum it Up
Idolatry has adverse effects, and foolishness is just one of them.
If we want to live a blessed life filled with wisdom, we should flee from idolatry.
We should not use graven images for worship and seek God in spirit.
Do not forget, God can use us if we accept His call. The vision will be overwhelming, but the empowerment from God will suffice.
Prayer of Salvation
Friend, if you want to know Jesus, but you are unsure of your standing in faith, say this prayer. God sees your heart, so say the words with conviction and faith.
"Father, I am a sinner. Forgive my sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross so I could live fully on earth and in heaven. Change my heart and mind according to your will. This I pray, in the mighty Name of Jesus, amen."
Friend, if you prayed this prayer in faith, I believe you have set things right with God.
If you want to grow in faith, find a Bible-based church. You can also reach out to me through my social media platforms and this website, www.high3r.com. I would love to hear from you.
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