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 'Things'

   are not God but he made them


    Thursday Reflection

  7th October 2021


...'silver and gold '...


'To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?'

..... Isaiah 46:5


Isaiah goes on to say in verses 6 and 7:


6  'Some people pour out their silver and gold
  and hire a craftsman to make a god from it.
  Then they bow down and worship it!
7  They carry it around on their shoulders,
  and when they set it down, it stays there.
  It can't even move!
  And when someone prays to it, there is no answer.
  It can't rescue anyone from trouble.'


Maybe our hope is placed on something less obvious than a statue.

But nevertheless, we have placed our hope in something.
It could be our accomplishments, our children's accomplishments,
our status at work, at church or in the community.
Maybe our hope is in our spouse, money, home, job or physique.

We may not get down on our knees in front of these things, but our hope
is still misplaced in thinking these things will give us worth and true joy.

The Bible tells us there is only one true God and we should place all our
hope and trust in him because nothing or no-one can compare to him.
Even our minds cannot understand all his glory and power.
Money, jobs and people can fail us; our children can disappoint us;
our material possessions can be wiped out in one natural disaster;
our bodies fail in health and strength, and age.

Our material possessions are dead weights we carry, but on the
other hand, our true God remains faithful and carries us on his shoulders.

God the Father, the Alpha and Omega, is the only one and true God.
No person or thing is equal to him;
his greatness is far beyond understanding.
Yet he humbled himself to become a man, Jesus.
He felt everything we, as human beings, feel; happiness, joy, anger,
frustration, pain, rejection, sorrow, temptation, even death.
He did this out of love for us.

What material possession or wooden statue could ever claim to do this?
Our bodies, children and possessions are gifts, blessings, from God,
but they were never intended to take the place of God.

'Things' are not God, but
God the Father is the creator of all these 'things'.
Hope placed in anything other than God is false hope;
but hope in God never fails.


It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
"My hope is built on nothing less"

Blessings

Maureen