False gods: “The glitter of idols is overcome by the glory of God.”

no-other-godsGood thoughts read today in this weekend’s devotional in the November Tabletalk – “False Gods” by Joe Thorn.

Another reason we are prone to idolatry is because we want to be autonomous, not accountable. To admit that we are the creation of God is to confess that we belong to Him, that He has authority over us. It not only means that He alone should be worshiped, but that we must answer to Him for what we do and who we have become. Idolatry is tempting because, at least in our minds, it frees us from the God who owns us.

Idolatry is not just delusional, it is dangerous. Such false gods will not only fail to serve us and save us, but they will lead us to our condemnation. It is only when we see idols for what they are, in contrast to who the Lord is, that the glitter of idols is overcome by the glory of God.

This is the core reason why we worship idols – because we are not gripped with the glory of God, glory that is seen in the person and work of Jesus Christ, who Himself is the ‘radiance’ of God’s glory (Heb.1:3), whose death brought about our redemption, and whose resurrection secured our life. The beginning of the end of the idolatry in our hearts is found in the supremacy of Jesus Christ (p.58).

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