This brief series on Idolatry, ancient and modern, has set one essential truth ever more firmly in my mind; Idolatry, in all its forms, is testimony for an inner longing is engaged in the hope of some fulfillment apart from Jesus Christ.
Note this insight from a farmer’s wife, mother of six children, Ann Voskamp:
“Our fall was, has always been, and always will be, that we aren’t satisfied in God and what He gives. We hunger for something more, something other.”
Mrs. Voskamp says what I have been trying to say all week. And say it well, she certainly does.
The “hunger” for something more is as old as the human race. Too often we settle for anything offered that fails to emphasize the trusting obedience to Christ. Often, too late, we discover that our pet “Idol” is the most devastating of all the Idols combined.
Scott J. Hafemann wrote, “Idolatry' is the practice of seeking the source and provision of what we need either physically or emotionally in someone or something other than the one true God. It is the tragically pathetic attempt to squeeze life out of lifeless forms that cannot help us meet our real needs.”
Blaise Pascal defined this longing thusly: “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly