Time Gods

It’s a pretty good word picture when you pause to reflect on it. Even more, it’s a pretty formative piece of information if it’s true. And, as I think about it, there seems to be a clear choice to make. Decide whether you will trust in the gods of your own making, and thus become like them or, trust in the God who made you, and become like Him.

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands. They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see; they have ears, but do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them!   (Psalm 135:15-18 ESV)

Psalm 135 is a call to God’s people to praise the LORD. A song written encouraging others to sing. To sing for the LORD is good . . . to sing for the LORD is great . . . to sing for the LORD is above all gods . . . to sing because the LORD is sovereign . . . to sing because the LORD saves . . . to sing because His name endures forever.

And dropped in the middle of this call to worship, is a warning. It’s stupid (forgive me girls for using the “s” word) to give the energies owed to God to things fashioned by our own hands.

They might be made of precious metals. They might exhibit the finest craftsmanship. They might reflect their maker with mouths and eyes and ears carved out with the finest detail. But, at the end of the day, these idols, these gods, are inanimate. Not able to speak . . . not able to see . . . not able to hear. Lifeless. Offering nothing beyond their inert existence. And, so goes the song, “Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them!” Those who worship such gods eventually lose their senses . . . their lives become just as lifeless as that which they worship.

Not many in my circles who are silver and gold idol makers . . . don’t know anyone who’s a silver and gold idol worshiper. But I am thinking that the precious material with which we craft our idols is our time. Show me where someone puts in their time and I’ll show you what they are trusting in . . . what they are looking to for self-realization and self-satisfaction. And so often, that which they have created with the material of their time, the “time gods” they’ve made, eventually take over and consumes all their time . . . becoming their highest goal . . . becoming what defines them as people. Those who make “time gods” and trust in “time gods” become like their “time gods.” And, at the end of the day, these “time gods” are just as lifeless and just as inert as silver and gold gods. What’s more, these “time gods” eventually displace the time deserving of the God who made time. The God who gives to each man and woman limited time ends up not getting their time.

So we can trust in the gods of our own making — whether they are made with silver, gold, or our time — and eventually become as lifeless as they are, or, we can trust in the God who made us . . . and sent His Son to redeem us . . . and has given His Spirit to transform us . . . and become like Him who desires to impart His divine nature to us. And in doing that, far from some inert, lifeless existence, we can know life and life to the full. These other idols fashioned by our own hands, those other “time gods,” are thieves come to steal, kill, and destroy. But Jesus came so that we might have life and “have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

God give us wisdom to quit making and worshiping “time gods” . . . and, instead, to desiring, above all else, to make the time to worship the true God.

By His grace . . . for His glory.

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