Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | July 13, 2013

July 13, 2013 “Praying to a ‘No-God'”

“Here I am, praying to a stick of wood.” (Isaiah 44: 19- The Message Bible)

Good Morning Worshipers of the One True God!

I do hope you were curious enough by the title of today’s posting to look up the text used as the basis of today’s prayer reflection. It is actually drawn from the words of the prophet Isaiah who is addressing the topic of idol worship and its utter foolishness and futility.  The entire passage is found in Isaiah 44: 13. Isaiah talks of how the woodworker takes a piece of wood cut down from some tree in the forest uses it for a double purpose-part of it he uses for firewood and baking, and part for carving out an idol for worship. As it is recorded in The Message Bible, “With half he makes a fire to warm himself and barbecue his supper…and he still has half  left for a god made to his personal design- a handy, convenient no-god to worship whenever so inclined. Whenever the need strikes him, he prays to it, ‘Save me. You’re my god.’  Pretty stupid, wouldn’t you say? Don’t they have eyes in their heads? Are their brains working at all? Doesn’t it occur to them to say, ‘Half of this tree I used for firewood: I baked bread, roasted meat, and enjoyed a good meal. And now I’ve used the rest to make an abominable no-god. Here I am praying to a stick of wood!”  The first contemporary parallel that came to my mind was television. How many people are there who will stare at it mindlessly for hours on end and then, on occasion, tune in to some religiously based program  for “inspiration” and call that worship? The point is not to say that television in and of itself is evil, any more so than wood cut from a tree is evil in and of itself. They are just objects that can be used for a variety of purposes, good or ill. Isaiah was emphasizing the need we have for intimate connection with the One true God. There are no substitutes. Anything less is futility. Don’t settle for a relationship with a hollow “no-god.” Make time spent with the True God a priority for each new day. Let’s pray!

You Alone are Holy, O God; You alone are worthy of our worship and adoration. It is to You and You alone that we turn today. We reject the ‘no-gods’ that would steal our allegiance and commit to acknowledging You as our Lord, our God, our Savior and Our King. Praise be to You, O Lord of our lives. Amen!

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