Idols was the theme of the BSF lecture this week (Isaiah 46-48) and those who heard the lecture left with no question or vague idea of what idols are or the consequences of them in our lives . . .
I delight in sharing some of the notes here.
Isaiah 46 – 48
God’s patience, God’s power and God’s perserverence
As imperfect people, we feel entitled to make our own choices, we want total control .. and then when the bottom falls out, we are quick to blame anyone other than ourselves.
What we must remember and live like we believe is that GOD is in charge of everything all the time.
Isaiah 46 God’s patience.
When -hard things happen, where do we turn first?
-where do we go? what do we seek?
-the answers to these questions reveal the idols in our lives.
God gives us something good and we turn it into an idol.
-we trade down, we take the gift instead of the giver
-the result: separation from God, the giver of all good things.
-our worship is separated by the idol we put in the place of God.
-idols are good things that are corrupted by the way we feel about them, use them and perceive them.
-they promise to be everything, but we end up losing everything as a result of allowing them as idols in our life.
-we cannot perceive our own idols often times because we look through them to see our world
-they lead us away from the one true God.
God wants to be the object of our faith.
God will always humiliate the idols of human self-worship.
PRINCIPLE: The object of our faith is critical
Isaiah is contrasting between the gods who have to be made and the God who made all things.
-we love God’s promises but we don’t always like his methods.
-we refuse his instruction
-our #1 idol is ourselves!
Faith: believing God and acting upon it.
Content of our Faith: WHAT we believe in .. we believe in the Gospel.
Faith is our commitment to God
Our response to God is a focus on Him and who He is.
We become like whomever we worship
-worshiping God, we will become like Him .. more patient, more loving …
Isaiah 4 7 God’s power
God will take down His enemies
God is powerful to destroy idols and save his people from them
Idols bring destruction
v. 1-7 God announces his power and judgement
-the people were acting as their own god and in charge
-idols destroy the right thinking
Today’s focus in our culture on SELF is idolatry. It’s all about me!
Pride also destroys our judgement
-we think we can hide out
-when we lose sight of our own sinfulness we are capable of anything
PRINCIPLE: the content of one’s faith is critical
-God is saying, “Believe in me!”
-we can choose what we believe in but we do not choose the consequences.
Idolatry: wrong thinking about ourselves, our God, eternity and life.
God’s word leads to right thinking about God, ourselves, life and eternity.
Where are we playing with false idols?
Have we considered the consequences?
Isaiah 48 God’s perserverence
God is displaying his grace through the failures of his people.
God never gives up on his people.
PRINCIPLE: true peace begins and ends with the one true sovereign God.
Who can comprehend the love of a God who knows you and loves you anyway?
He calls you out of bondage.
Worship the One True God!