Day 12 - Counterfeit Gods
Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people. Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen. Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.” All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame. Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing? Behold, all his companions shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen are only human. Let them all assemble, let them stand forth. They shall be terrified; they shall be put to shame together. (Isaiah 44:6-11)
The God of the Bible is a real God, not made-up, nor the work of wishful thinking. He is the King and Redeemer, the LORD of hosts. He is the first and last, the only Creator God. It is He who saved Israel, “an ancient people”... He is not an idol and cannot be ignored. Pause and note all the descriptions of God in this text. The true and living God is more real than anything our senses can experience.
C.S. Lewis, in his book ‘Miracles’ writes about the shock one receives when we realize that the Biblical God is real: “There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion ('man's search for God'!) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us?” In Isaiah 44, God makes it loud and clear – He is real and living.
God contrasts Himself against the false gods and idols of the world. He condemns the counterfeit gods who are empty and powerless. They cannot save, bless, rescue, help, hear or even care, because they are made by their worshippers! Isaiah 44 reminds us that whereas human beings are creatures made in God’s image, human idolatry has turned things upside down – and remade God in our image.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what counterfeit gods you may have given yourself to today. Let us, like the Thessalonian Christians turn “from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Sonfrom heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thess 1:9-10)
- Do we treat God with the reverence and fear that the true and living God deserves? Ask Him for a reverent heart.
- Are we running after idols and counterfeit gods instead of worshipping and serving the true and living God? Is there anything more important to you than Jesus?
Lord Jesus, I confess that I have an idolatrous heart. When I make something more important than You, I’m making an idol. Forgive me for fashioning idols of my own making. As the hymn writer says, “prone to wander, Lord I feel it! Prone to leave the God I love. Here’s my heart, oh take and seal it! Seal it for Your courts above.”1 Be more precious to me than anything else, O God, I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
- Your care group members, that they would experience God’s presence in a real and special way today.
- The church as we embark on this prayer campaign, that we would be called to repent of our idolatry and worldliness.
- The Youth Ministry at GBC that the leaders will not grow weary and lose heart in making disciples amongst our students.
1 Adapted from “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Robert Robinson.