The other day evening my hubby and I were watching a programme we like on TV called Antiques Road-trip. Antiques dealers compete against each other to buy antiques and then sell them at auction. The profits are donated to charity.
In this particular episode, one of the dealers bought a hideous looking bronze Hindu god for £50. It sold at auction for £3,800.
This was the biggest ever profit in the history of the show. The auctioneer said “people are prepared to pay big money for deities”.
While all the hoorays and celebrations were going on in the programme, I sat there thinking about how very sad it is, that someone would pay all that money for a lump of bronze – a fake god – when they could know the real God, one who is alive, who speaks and transforms lives.
The Man-Made god Has To Be Carried
Isaiah 46:5-7 “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal? Some people pour out their silver and gold and hire a craftsman to make a god from it. Then they bow down and worship it! They carry it around on their shoulders, and when they set it down, it stays there. It can’t even move! And when someone prays to it, there is no answer. It can’t rescue anyone from trouble.
The God Who Made Man Carries Us
“I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime— until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. Isaiah 46:3b-4
How incredible and encouraging is that!? Could a bronze figure do that?
And the best thing of all? The One True God is not going to cost you £3,800. Or even £50. His love is free! His mercy, forgiveness, grace, and peace are absolutely free to you and I, because the price was paid for us two thousand years ago at the cross. All we have to do is “come”.
Revelation 22:17b ”And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.”
When we are His, we need not look anywhere else, or to anything else. God really is our absolute ‘all in all’; the One who satisfies every need, the One who carries you and I through life, caring for us, our Shelter, our Shepherd, our Defender.
What a God!