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God, not his people, chooses life’s many blessings

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By Jess Thompson

Is God the center of your life?
A lot of us think so because we go to church maybe once or twice a week and maybe even throw a 20 in the plate. But, truly who is the God of your life? We often read in the Old Testament of warnings against worshiping idols. In instructing the Israelites in Exodus 20:4, God said, “You shall not make for yourself any idol in the form of anything.”
Idols do not exist much in the American culture, or do they? The American dream focuses on money, status, jobs, homes, cars, etc.
This is absolutely not Christ-centered at all. I struggle with these items myself.
Perhaps idol worship is actually much more prevalent in America today than ever. These material blessings I just mentioned are absolutely forms of idol worship if they center your life more so than God.
Timothy Keller writes in his book Counterfeit Gods: “When your meaning in life is to fix someone else’s life, we may call it ‘co-dependency’ but it is really idolatry. “An idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of hearts, ‘If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning, then I’ll know that I have value, then I’ll feel significant and secure.’
“There are many ways to describe that kind of relationship to something, but perhaps the best one is worship.”
The question is, who do you trust is in control of your life? Are you and your job or your checking account where you put faith in your future? If so, you are not placing God in charge of your life.
Isaiah 44: 9-10 says: “All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant to their own shame. Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit him nothing.”
When we place material blessings or personal achievements as our own strength, we deceive ourselves. God has given you ever single blessing at his choosing, not you.

Jess Thompson is a faith columnist for The Anderson News and resident of Lawrenceburg.