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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

Be Wary of the Worthless Things

Sometimes it takes seasons of seeming lack to understand the much we have. I was a bit melancholy yesterday & lamented to my husband how I longed for this season of hard in our family to be over. I said, “If only x, y & z would happen, then I wouldn’t feel so weary.”

When times are plenty, it can become easy to slide down the slippery slope of worshipping anything or anyone but our Creator. I’ve discovered however, that it’s just as easy to fall into those faulty feelings when things are hard.

This morning, I read how the Israelites became fat cats in their land of plenty & began to follow the idol practices of surrounding nations.

Jeremiah describes their little g gods as, 

“Helpless scarecrows in a cucumber field! They cannot speak & they need to be carried because they cannot walk...”

The visual made me laugh out loud, but the laughter was quickly followed by a question:

What sort of counterfeit security do I long for or even carry with me like a snuggly security blanket? 😳

Jeremiah continues to describe the worthless idols that have no breath or power with exclamation, “They are ridiculous lies!”

I have never questioned what is true so much in my life as I do right now. It is hard to believe anything you read or see in the news. I’m pretty sure that the longing for security is shared among many.

I proclaim Jeremiah's words this morning as an antidote to any faulty security we try to grasp:

“But the God of Israel is no idol! He is the Creator of everything that exists...” (even the false idols we cling to!)

Anything or anyone that vies for our time, attention & treasure more than our Creator God is a worthless idol. Any security it seems to offer is an all-out lie. I don’t want to cling to “helpless scarecrows in a cucumber field” & I certainly don’t need any excess baggage of idols to carry with me, how about you?

Father, guard us from worshiping anything or anyone but You. Remove the worthless scarecrows for You alone are our Source of security in Whom we trust. Whether we are in times of plenty or seeming lack, remind us that our sufficiency comes from You, our Creator of everything that exists, (even the idols we’re tempted to worship!)

💡JEREMIAH 10:1-11:23

💡COLOSSIANS 3:18-4:18

💡PSALM 78:56-72

💡PROVERBS 24:28-29


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