Tag: Baal

Keep yourselves from idols!

Grace Gems Whiteby Grace Gems

“Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872

“You shall have no other gods before Me!” Exodus 20:3

Though there is no danger of our bowing down to graven images–to gods that have eyes and see not, ears and hear not–none are exempt from the danger of being idolaters in spirit. There are gods many and lords many, in lands of Bibles and gospel privileges–as truly as in heathen countries!

Wealth, honor, sports and pleasure–are the idols of multitudes. Gold is as truly worshiped–as Baal once was! Self is as really the idol of many now–as Diana of the Ephesians was anciently.

Then, too, there are “household gods”–idols in family life. Affection in the various relationships we sustain, which is proper and lovely in a right degree–too often becomes idolatrous.

Christians have need to be warned against idolatry, as well as others. The exhortation,  “Little children, keep yourselves from idols!” was addressed to believers.

Remember, my soul, that whatever may lead your highest affection and supreme devotion away from God your Savior–would be to you an idol!

Help me, O Lord, to watch and pray against the sin of idolatry in all its forms. Show me more of Your glory and Your grace–and ever hold the highest place in my heart!

“The dearest idol I have known,
Whatever that idol be,
Help me to tear it from Your throne,
And worship only Thee!”

by Grace Gems

Your Heartbroken Cry

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

Do you believe God is willing to come quickly to solve your problem? Here is where many Christians fall short. They know God has all they need and they admit he cares. But when he doesn’t answer their cry right away, they think of all kinds of reasons why he must not be willing to come to their aid.

On Mount Carmel, Elijah spoke confidently of his God. He taunted the prophets of Baal by accusing their god of child neglect: “[They] called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, ‘O Baal, hear us!’ But there was no voice; no one answered. . . . And so it was, at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, ‘Cry aloud, for he is a god; either he is meditating, or he is busy, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is sleeping and must be awakened.’

“So they cried aloud, and cut themselves, as was their custom . . . until the blood gushed out on them. . . . But there was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention” (1 Kings 18:26–29).

Hear these words again: “There was no voice; no one answered, no one paid attention.”
What Elijah described is exactly how we accuse God. We pray, we cry aloud to God, but we go our way, not believing he has heard us. We walk away from the Lord’s presence — away from the secret closet of prayer — wondering if he has paid attention to our cries.

The Lord is always ready to hear and answer our cry for help. I love what David said of him: “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. . . . In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me” (Psalm 86:5, 7).

God is waiting for your heartbroken cry, uttered in childlike faith.

by David Wilkerson