Do not sit on stolen idols

teraphim“When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father’s household gods.” – Genesis.31:19

Genesis 31 tells the story of how Jacob fled Laban’s house (the place where he served for decades). During this flight, Rachel decides to steal her father’s household idols without telling anyone. Later in the chapter when Laban finds out they had fled and that his idols were stolen, he follows them. Although he didn’t harm them as he was warned by God, he searched everywhere for his precious idols. “Now Rachel had taken the household idols and put them in the camel’s saddle, and she sat on them. And Laban felt through all the tent but did not find them. ” (verse 34) Scripture does not explain why Rachel stole those idols, but we can see she was not willing to give them up.

As children of God we are called to leave all our idols and trust wholly in our heavenly Father. Yet, how many times do we peak into those stolen idols when we think God is not looking. We know that anything we put trust above God has become our idol (how many idols have we collected like this), ones that give false sense of security. How long until we get up from our seat, take those idols and throw them off our tents and lives? God is all we need, He is our sufficiency and who makes us complete. Those stolen idols were never ours, we are children of the light, so lets not covet the things and ways of the world.

“Did GOD really say…?”

Often we hear God’s voice and it is so clear, in the mean time we rejoice over it and we obey it, but as time goes by, the strength of the message somehow fades by the wind and the rain that batter it. Why? Because we failed to store it in a good place.

This is what the devil said to Eve, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”- (Genesis.3:1), which eventually resulted in Eve taking the wrong move. And even now the devil uses the same deception to trip us from what we know to be true, from what God had promised.

Abraham heard God’s promise so clearly that He who swore by His name will give Him a son- Issac through whom He would make him the father of nations. Yet that same voice, “Did God really say…” caused him to miss his step and doubt God’s promise, which resulted in Ishmael.

The Children of Israel saw God’s wondrous works in the Red-sea and they failed to trust Him in the desert. “Did God really say…HE will give you meat?… He will give you water or shelter?…” 

And now how many times we doubt what He had promised us, what He has shown us. “May be I was just imagining things… “Of course with time we may start to forget or doubt because its our nature. But I want to encourage us to keep those jewels God has given us in our treasure boxes, so that when those moments of doubt come and the voice of the enemy whispers in our ears, we can run to those treasures and prove him wrong. We don’t have to spend hours trying to analyse if what he said was true or not.

So, let us not make any move without GOD, for “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”- 1Thess.5:24 We don’t have to run after flying birds in the sky, He will provide the meat, He will provide the water, He will provide Manna.  Amen!

This song has been a real blessing to me today, and links very well with this post, so have a listen…

http://worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=982053