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Read Isaiah 6:1-13
I have discovered that many ‘believers’ are not truly in love with the God of the Bible. Instead, many are in lust with a god, fashioned upon an eclectic rendering of what they like about him. This belief system has produced shallow, uncommitted, and fruitless disciples of a false god. This god is more like a Mr. Potato Head, which we have put together and crafted with “God-like” characteristics. How does one put Mr. Potato head together? Well, it’s completely up to every individual. You take what you like and use it, and what you don’t like stays at the bottom of the toy chest. I loved playing with him as a child. However, when I treat God like a Mr. Potato Head, I am guilty of idolatry.
Why can’t we see God as a Mr. Potato Head? This first verse is not only about on what God sits upon, but where. Isaiah saw the Lord’s throne “high and lifted up”. This cannot be overlooked. This God does not just reign on the same level as other kings or men. He is above every king and every person. God’s glory is shown by the “where” God reigns! God reigns from eternity. God reigns outside of time & space. God reigns from not just one place, but everywhere! God is omnipresent. This means that God is everywhere at the same time. God is not just the King of Heaven…He is the King of the universe. Isaiah also reports “the train of His robe fills the temple”. Just how big is God? Many have a very shallow and limited view of God. For many, God is no greater than a Mr. Potato Head that they have assembled.
Is God just a “buddy” to you? How about the “man upstairs”? These weak descriptions of God are often used without much thought. It is true, that because of the gospel, we have become “friends of God”. We have become friends of God, not so we can view God differently; it is so we can view ourselves differently. The Bible says that we all are born an enemy of God (Romans 5:10). The gospel changes our position from enemy to friend. We are friends of God because we have been spared, by His grace, from the wrath that is reserved for His enemies. Idols are easy. They are not real and are crafted by our imaginations. They are made with our own hands and hearts. They are tangible and easily crafted by our cravings and the longings of our flesh.
If you think of God as more of your buddy who is “there for you when you need him” you might be worshipping an idol. If you find that God is cheering you on more in your awesomeness than His…you might be worshipping an idol. If you treat God more like a genie in a bottle than the King of the Universe…you might be an idolater. Is it possible that you have lowered God to be someone with whom you can just “hang out”? Have you lost the fact that He is “high and lifted up”. To view God in any lesser light than He declares to be is blasphemous. It is idolatrous.
Do we lack power because we have limited the value & worth of a God who is ‘high & lifted” up?