Turn From Idols

Meditating on Psalm 129.

“Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth,”
Let Israel now say— …
“The plowers plowed on my back;
They made their furrows long.” (Ps. 129:1,3)

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The nation of Israel had gone through a lot of tribulations. When Joshua died and all the fathers who had known and served the living God, the next generations of Israelites who had not known Him and His works turned to strange gods, the gods of the nations around them, and served and worshiped them. During the time of the judges, God would raise up to them a judge to deliver them from those who afflicted them. But when the judge died, the people went back to their idols, setting up altars for them and sacrificing to them. This would make God so angry that He would deliver them to their enemies to afflict and punish them. And their afflictions were so severe that they cried out to God in pain and helplessness.

As I pondered on these things, only one thing came to mind – the hapless state of our country Philippines. Philippines is considered as the only Christian country in Asia, and yet, the blessings [peace and prosperity] that are due it have been long withheld, and in their place are calamities, insurgencies, widespread corruption, and endless poverty. If it is called a Christian nation, why, then, does the Philippines continue to be battered by calamities that bring massive destruction, and corruption that bury the poor deeper into abject poverty? The answer: Because majority of the people worship idols (graven images). They set up altars in their homes upon which they put up images made of wood or stone, and to these they bow their knees and pray.

Some even offer food to their images upon the altar. Devotees all over the country celebrate religious festivals where they parade their images of different kinds, arrayed in diverse colors and adornments. They dance in the streets, toting and displaying them. But the people that do them will as soon go back to their depraved way of life – alcoholism, drug addiction and trafficking, corruption, adultery, gossip, and so on. Why? Because what they do are pagan practices. They do not worship and serve the one true living God. They don’t worship Him in spirit and in truth.

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:24)

They are as unsaved as those who had not known the Lord Jesus Christ. These were the words of the Lord regarding them:

 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” (Mat. 7:21)

But we, the redeemed, serve as salt and light to the world, pulling down strongholds and preaching the true Gospel of salvation.

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Comments

  1. Joanie Qualls says:

    Very good , Rina, as concerning as this is. I want to bless you to know that I went on a Caribbean cruise awhile back. I carry tracts about Jesus Christ as savior and use for hired employees and cruise travelers. I was soooo blessed that there were so many Philippines employees that were born again and having Bible Studies for others in their rooms when off duty. They were so joyful and aglow with the Spirit.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Yes, yes, dear Joanie! We have a lot of seamen-brethren who are on-fire in serving the Lord even at sea. I’m glad to hear that you’ve encountered some of them in your cruise. Blessings!

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