I’ve never been one to sit back watching life pass me by, slipping and sliding through my fingers. Goes faster than greased lightning. I don’t need to remind you that the Lord has work for us to do. So, don’t idle along!
Psalm 135 warns against idols. I realize I’m shifting gears here. Idle to idol. But hear me out. This psalm red flags idols and those absorbed in them. It’s true that we don’t live in a culture where carved figurines receive much worship. On the contrary, our society wants no god of any sort. Banished. Given the old heave-ho, including the bum’s rush.
However, in Old Testament times idols are everywhere. Even in the holy city of Jerusalem. Could hardly get around without bumping into pagan shrines. Aren’t you glad we’re not like them? Idol worshippers.
No, we’re among the smarty-pants. Whiz kids and know-it-alls. Our idols are computers and algorithms, profit and loss statements, political shenanigans coupled with never-ending greed. Everyone bent over, bowing down to their smart phones. Things which, sooner or later, will go out of fashion, become obsolete or break to smithereens .
Psalm 135:15-18–‘The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak; eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear; nor is there breath in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.’
Sounds wise not to get wrapped up in filthy lucre, or go ego-tripping on one’s high horse. We’ll wind up becoming empty, useless, lifeless, not worth a plug nickel. Idols that idle away precious life, missing the bus to serve in Jesus’ Kingdom.
So, don’t idle along getting along too well with modern day idols! Get busy for Jesus. There’s so much to do. So much you can do. Whatever that is, do it for Jesus. Any ideas? Then start…now!
Stop idling along!
Thank you, Jesus, for making life special. Amen.