Identifying More Idols


A few weeks ago I posted about food being an idol in my life. I have been conscious to try to break that sin, and I am making progress.

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God has convicted me of another idol in my life – electronics. Even though I use electronics for mostly good reasons, I do play games on my IPhone from time to time – when I should probably be doing something else. But that’s not all. The first thing I look at when I wake up is my IPhone. It’s only for a few minutes, to check the weather and email, but God deserves those first few minutes of my day.

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I ran across Psalm 135:15. It says, “The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.” That sure describes our culture today, doesn’t it? But Psalm 115:4-8 was even more convicting to me:

“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and  they do not make a sound in their throat. Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.” (Emphasis mine).

Isaiah 44:9-11 explains the folly of idolatry even further:

“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.”

Our idols are not alive, but our God is more than alive. The Word of God is living (Hebrews 4:12), Jesus is the bread of life, (John 6:35) and living water (John 7:38).

It’s high time for me to put electronics (and everything else that has become an idol in my life) in their proper place. They are just tools. God is first in my life, more than worthy of my full devotion and attention.

Blessings on your day.

Scripture: OpenBible.info

Images: Google images

 

 

 

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God in Technology


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I’m technically challenged. I had trouble moving from the VCR to the DVD player. Don’t get me started on this new Blue Ray thing. I can’t really tell the difference. And I’ll never understand how you get all that music in one of those itty-bitty IPods.

My son was not issued school books this year, he got an IPad instead.

The new cars with all these gadgets? Just more gadgets to get me confused when I’m driving. I want to keep it simple. I carry a mobile phone, but it’s not a smart phone. I like the old days when the phone bill was about $20 a month. I don’t need a camera on my phone, I already have a camera. And I have a computer at home. Don’t need one on my phone.

Speaking of computers, every year there is something bigger and better.  You can now take your computer anywhere. And there is so much to do on line!

  • Facebook? I try.
  • Blogging? I’m learning.
  • Twitter? What’s a hash tag?
  • Instagram? I have no idea.

Have you noticed how many hundreds of channels there are on cable TV? Seriously, can we really watch that much TV? And you can watch TV on your IPad. I’m so glad  I have a 3rd grader at home to help me with all these gadgets!

 

The world has become faster and more technical. Where is God in all this technology?

The Bible tells us God is everywhere.

Jeremiah 23:24

Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?”

declares the Lord.

 “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.

  

Colossians 1:17

17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

 

That means God is also in technology; including the new IPhone, and the newer, faster computer. It just depends on what we use them for.

That DVD Player can show us godly movies. We can listen to Praise and Worship music on the IPods. I can place a call to a friend, even when I’m not at home. The cable TV brings worship services into the homes of many people.

I may struggle with technology, but I do know God will use technology for His purposes. By reading your blogs and writing my own blogs, I have met some of the most wonderful people that I would not have met without using technology. Many of these people are half way around the world. I am so grateful to have met you.

May you all be richly blessed through this thing called technology.