Daily Devotional: Smash hit!

2 Kings 18:4 for August 5, 2009

~He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.)~

1640 Many years after God directed Moses to make the sculpture of the bronze snake [see Numbers 21:8], it became an object of worship. God’s original intention for this artwork’ had been distorted. A priceless artifact that represented God’s redemptive work among his people had become an idol. In an act of repentance King Hezekiah smashed it to bits.

Many artists have cultivated idolatrous myths about themselves or their works. Wagner, the composer, was an example of this delusion. His ego led him to declare, “Through my suffering as an artist, I acquired a superior right that raised me far, far above the world that made me inwardly a hallowed creature.”

It grieves the Lord when people use the creative gifts he gives in idolatrous ways. He calls us to cherish our relationship with him above all else.

Ask the Lord to reveal any trace of this sin in your life. Idolatry must be dealt with in a radical manner.

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