Bowing Down

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Deuteronomy 4; Proverbs 12:25

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Deuteronomy 4:15-16
“Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, lest you act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any figure: the likeness of male or female …”

Why was God so concerned that men would make idols and worship them? What were the consequences of humans bowing down to wood, stone, animals, and planets? Someone has said that we become what we worship. We who are made in God’s image would lose our identity when we start identifying with lifeless objects and wild beasts. The natural outcome would be suicide and genocide.

Most of us don’t worship wood, stone, animals and planets anymore. We know that is ridiculous. Modern science has rid us of superstition and primitive idolatry. We no longer bow down to idols. Or so we think. Jesus reminded us candidly that murder and adultery are committed even before one makes the first move. They have already begun in the heart. We might think we are standing, but inside we have bowed to hate, lust, and other invisible deities. Thankfully, God prescribes the same cure for dealing with idols without and within – death to self, and life in the Spirit. In other words, loving God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Lord, deepen my love for You. Show me who You really are, that I may become who I truly am.