To Destroy All Idols

For the LORD of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low; against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up; and against all the oaks of Bashan; against all the lofty mountains, and against all the uplifted hills; against every high tower, and against every fortified wall; against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the beautiful craft. And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. And the idols shall utterly pass away. And people shall enter the caves of the rocks and the holes of the ground, from before the terror of the LORD, and from the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth. In that day mankind will cast away their idols of silver and their idols of gold, which they made for themselves to worship, to the moles and to the bats, to enter the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs, from before the terror of the LORD, and from the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth.

Isaiah 2:12-21

Idols are whatever objects or ideas we put before God. They are mini gods that we give worship to. We live our lives for them. They tend to be things like success, wealth, status, and love. We make our work, families, retirement, or a person the object of our affection. We convince ourselves that if we just had this type of family, or title, or bank account, our lives would be complete. But these things hold no true substance. They are dry wells in the desert. An old church father described it as starving men licking a picture of bread hoping it would satisfy his hunger.

Isaiah makes it clear that when Jesus returns everything that had been exalted will be brought low. There is nothing in all creation that will be able to stand before Jesus. Every human achievement will come to a crashing end at the overwhelming glory that is God. 

Losing our idols is hard. It stings at first. It feels like we’ve lost the meaning we were after. But losing the idol is much better than obtaining it. It’s better than getting to the bottom of the well only to realize there was no water. God will destroy all of the false ideas we had about what gave us purpose and joy and he will replace it with himself. He will be a well that never runs dry. He will replace the mirage with the real, and we will eat and be satisfied. What are your idols? Give them to him.

Want to know ways you can give generously this Advent season? Bring baby items to the lobby to show love to families in our own community.

baby items

• Baby boy outfit
• Baby girl outfit
• Baby socks
• Baby pajamas
• Onesies
• Baby lotion
• Baby powder
• Baby wash/shampoo
• Newborn or size 1 diapers
• Baby wipes
• Diaper rash ointment

Please return items to Christ’s Church no later than Sunday, January 1.