I had a two part revelation from God recently. The first part came during my first experience of a West End musical earlier this month! Apart from my seat being VERY high up, the show was wonderful. There was the orchestra playing the music, the performers acting, singing and dancing wonderfully and the sense, as I looked around at everyone else, of a shared joyous experience.
But as the show came to an end and the performers took their well deserved bows as the audience applauded and whooped, I looked around and saw many people on their feet, pouring out their adoration. Suddenly, I felt this wave of sadness as I realised that most of these people have never given God a standing ovation, have never even considered the awesomeness of their Creator, and in His place they have put performers, actors and actresses, dancers and singers, who although capable of much, are still just the created beings of the truly Awesome Creator.
I left the theatre feeling so broken hearted for a world in which God is ignored and the created is worshipped.
The second part of this revelation happened as I was spending a day with God recently. I started to praise God for all He has made, flowers, dogs, cats, science, intelligence, love… and as I did this, for each thing I named, I could think of at least one group who dedicated their life to that thing, above and instead of the Author and Creator of the things. So there are people who dedicate their lives to gardening, to their pets, to the pursuit of science, to trying to find true love… and yet all of them are missing the point, they are worshipping the created and missing out on the Creator.
And I began to feel it again, broken hearted for a world in which God is ignored and the created is worshipped. But this worship of the created is not a new thing. As it says in Jeremiah 10:14-16:
“Everyone is senseless and without knowledge; every goldsmith is shamed by his idols. The images he makes are a fraud; they have no breath in them. They are worthless, the objects of mockery; when their judgment comes, they will perish.
He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these, for He is the Maker of all things,
including Israel, the people of his inheritance – the LORD Almighty is his name.”
The idols of today may not be made of gold, but they are still worthless. Don’t get my wrong, I’m not saying West End shows, gardening, owning a pet, science or any other such thing is wrong or evil, but when worshipped and placed before the Creator of the universe, all things fall far short.