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The One True God

In this space last week, we looked at an excerpt from Tim Keller’s Book “God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life” entitled “Identify Your Idols.” I had planned on moving to a different topic in Dr. Keller’s book this week when I ran across this from and Pastor Greg Laurie. I know this subject really struck a chord with many of you as it did with me.

I lived in Hawaii when I was a little boy, and there were a lot of frogs in Hawaii. I love reptiles, but I have never been that fond of frogs. And worse than holding a frog is stepping on a frog.

The ancient Egyptians worshiped a frog god, which had the body of a woman and the head of a frog. And when God brought a series of 10 plagues upon Egypt, one of them was an infestation of frogs.

In a way, God was saying, “You worship frogs? I’ll give you frogs. You’ll have frogs in your ovens. You’ll have frogs in your beds and under your feet. Wherever you go, there will be frogs. And I’m going to reveal to you there is no God but me.”

And sure enough, there were frogs everywhere. So Pharaoh said to Moses and Aaron, “Plead with the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people. I will let your people go, so they can offer sacrifices to the Lord” (Exodus 8:8 NLT).

People make gods, or idols, out of a lot of things. An idol can be anyone or anything that takes the place of the true God in your life. For some, it might be a career. For another, it might be their fame. For another, it might be their beauty or their money. But they worship at the altar of that god.

It’s all they think about. It’s what they’re passionate about. When they get up in the morning, it’s the first thing on their minds. They pursue that thing. Yet the Bible tells us, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21 NKJV).

Sometimes the Lord will bring our gods down so that we’ll understand there is no god but Him.


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