Monday, February 25, 2013

Idols vs. God

"God says in verse 11 (Isaiah 43), "Besides me there is no saviour." Every idol, if you don't toe the line, demands its pound of flesh. If you're serving the idol of career, for example, and you don't sacrifice to that idol as it demands, your career is over. If your idol is political utopianism, and you don't sacrifice to that idol as it demands, your hoped-for world is shattered. If your idol is a perfect body, and you don't sacrifice to that idol as it demands, your self-image is devastated. But when we have defied the one true God, what does he do?  He saves us. Why? To make us witnesses that he is not just good; he is the only goodness anyone will ever experience."

Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr., "Isaiah: God saves sinners." p. 283

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