Hello, My Name is ... God | Isaiah 46:9
Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
I had a seminary professor who loved to say, “If a little is good; a little more is better; and too much is just right.” I loved the line and, it’s true, most of us think that way. From the heaping helping on our plates to the latest, greatest app on our iPhone, “a little more is better.” From the square footage of our homes to the accessories in our luxury cars, “too much is just right.” We apply that same philosophy to our gods.
Tim Keller has written a great book called Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters. The subtitle describes the thesis of the book. Keller says that an idol “is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.” He says we think that idols “are bad things, but that is almost never the case. The greater the good, the more likely we are to expect that it can satisfy our deepest needs and hopes. Anything can serve as a counterfeit god, especially the very best things in life.”
But God puts an end to the “more is better” mindset, and he begins with himself. “I am God,” he declares, “and there is no other.” “I am God,” he repeats, “and there is none like me.” Counterfeit gods are the product of the equation God plus something else. But the God of creation is Elohim—the almighty, all-powerful God. He is the product of the equation God minus everything else.
Father, help us to identify and destroy all the counterfeit gods in our life. Make our heart to beat for you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.