Falling Idols

Falling Idols

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Read I Samuel 5:1-5

When the people of Ashdod rose early the next morning, they found that Dagon had fallen on his face on the ground before the Ark of the Lord.

-I Samuel 5:3

The command is found throughout both the Old and New Testament to worship nothing more than the Creator God (Exodus 20:3-4, I Corinthians 8:6).  He alone deserves our focus, worship, and trust. In fact, Exodus 34:14 names God “El Qanna,” or “Jealous” because humans offer His deserved praise to earthly idols.

It is remarkably easy to unintentionally worship something other than El Qanna.  We focus on work, school, food, clothes, assignments, future goals, sports, and media while unconsciously neglecting El Shaddai.  Too often, our focus is irreverently set on earthly aims.

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

-Colossians 3:2

The problem is that everything on earth is futile (Ecclesiastes 1:2).  Every earthly gain will vanish (Matthew 6:20).  Even life itself is fleeting (James 4:14).  God, in contrast, is worthy (Psalm 145:3), unchanging (Malachi 3:6), and eternal (Gen. 21:33).

In I Samuel, the Philistines placed the Ark of the Covenant, the dwelling place of God Himself, in a temple dedicated to Dagon, their god of fertility.  When the people of the city entered the temple the following morning, the idol had literally bowed to worship the one true God.

What a picture of our God’s power, dignity, and victory.  The Philistines believed that their metal god could cause reproduction.  However, Jehovah Sabaoth had the power to destroy and control this earthly lump.

I must remember that, just like Dagon, my earthly goals have no power.  I pray that my idols will fall as well so that I may focus solely on praising my Savior.

As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

-Romans 14:11

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