Not the Idol

          A very funny television series was called Dinosaurs. Each week, a family of dinosaurs would point out, in a very clever satirical manner, some fault of human nature we could all do well to consider and change. The family consisted of the father and mother, a teen son, a teen daughter, and a baby. An ongoing gag was how the baby related closely to the nurturing of its mother, but referred to the father as Not-the-Momma. Although the father loved the baby very much and would do anything for it, the baby rarely gave the father the attention he rightly deserved. One particular episode made that poignantly clear when Earl (the father) accidentally fell into radioactive water and became a superhero. Baby became enamored with the superhero by watching him on TV, idolizing the superhero, never realizing the good being done should actually be attributed to his own dad. 

         We do the same thing to God.

         Oh, we would never call it “idol worship,” but we’re pretty good at placing things and even other people before God in our lives. It’s as if we look to those things or those people to meet our needs, and then turn to God and call Him “Not-the-Idol.”

          Well, let’s get it straight: God indeed is not the idol. He’s real and able to move in our lives. How dare we trust in anyone (spouses, children, employers) or anything (money, education, status) more than or instead of trusting in God! The prophet Habakkuk spoke of this saying, “What profit is the image, that its maker should carve it, the molded image, a teacher of lies, that the maker of its mold should trust in it, to make mute idols? Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Awake!’ To silent stone, ‘Arise! It shall teach!’ Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, yet in it there is no breath at all. But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him” Habakkuk 2:18-20 (NKJ).

          Trust God first, last, only, and always.


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on December 29, 2011.

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