Romans 1:25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things that God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise. Amen!
What are some things that bring us fulfillment in this life? Perhaps it is a job. Friends. Family. A big house. A successful career… to name a few.
I know for me personally, if I have had a particularly stressful week or if I am feeling down, I like to head to the mall and buy a new outfit or piece of clothing. Retail therapy. And it does bring satisfaction…for a moment. But the novelty of that new item quickly wears off and before long that “something new” ends up in a pile of things to donate. I am so guilty of buying something because it’s on sale and cute and trendy…then I get it home and I think “what was I thinking!?” Because stuff doesn’t satisfy. Things don’t bring us lasting joy. Sometimes we hold so tightly to things thinking they will bring us the peace and joy we crave, but they never do and before long we move on to something else to fill that need.
Perhaps it is putting our trust in a relationship or financial status.
Isaiah 44:20 The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts in something that can’t help him at all. Yet, he cannot bring himself to ask. “Is this idol that I am holding on to a lie?”
I think we all have had idols in our lives at one time or another. An idol is something that we put before our relationship with God and something that replaces God in our hearts. It’s something that distracts us when only he can bring true meaning and joy to our lives.
I am reminded of the hymn written in 1863 by Edward Mote:
My hope is built on nothing else
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus name
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand.
What idols do we have in our lives? What things are we putting our trust in? What things are we looking to bring us joy, contentment and meaning to our lives? Are we holding onto and believing in a lie to bring us those things? Let’s put our Hope in Him. In Jesus. He is eternal. Unchanging. Everything else that we might look to, to find meaning and fulfillment will soon fade and once again leave us feeling empty. But he will never, ever fail us.