Silver and gold
Psalm 135:12-18 – The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands.
They have mouths but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
Nor is there breath in their mouths.
Those who make them will be like them,
and so will all who trust in them.
This scripture was written thousands and thousands of years ago, and it’s still the same today. They worshiped silver and gold then, and we worship money and materials today. You may be thinking oh don’t be dramatic Mieke, I don’t bow down or sing to the coins and contactless cards in my purse. No, maybe not (or so I hope).
But we do trust in money. We find our security in how much money sits in our bank accounts. We feel safer and more successful the more we have. I’m going to take a stab in the dark and assume that most of us find our self-worth in our wealth – whether it’s positive or negative. The bigger our houses, the more comfortable our lives are. The more presents we receive at Christmas, the more loved and valued we are by our friends.
We worship silver and gold just as much as people worshiped silver and gold thousands of years ago.
But God wants our attention. He wants us to place our security, worth and value in Him alone, not in how much we have or don’t have. He wants us to be able to live with nothing, but still have everything in Him.
I’m not saying we should all live in poverty (no, no, no), because God always wants the best for each of our lives. But I’m saying that we should check our hearts. What and who are you really worshiping? What, if lost, would make your life fall apart?