What Can Your Buddha Do?

“Present the case for your idols,”
    says the Lord.
“Let them show what they can do,”
    says the King of Israel.    ISAIAH 41:21

From the beginning, we’ve had a common problem.  According to the first chapter in the book of Romans, the problem isn’t that we don’t know the identity of God…the problem is that we are constantly giving our heart, soul, mind, and strength (our worship) to the wrong things.

Have you ever tried to get a little kid to stop doing something?  Usually, that can be quite a challenge.  Kids are stubborn and they think they know best.  A kid doesn’t really have the foresight to understand that while playing in the street can be fun, it can also be deadly.  You can try to warn the kid, OR…you can let his foot get run over by a huge truck.  As he’s bleeding, you can walk over and say, “so…how’s you’re way working.”

God’s people are constantly turning away from Him.  He is the one who loves and redeems us.  He created us and prepared us for a breathtaking destiny:  eternity with Him.  Time and time again, we just want a little of him and a little bit of our Buddha (or other idol of choice).  When it comes down to it, most of us worship ourselves.

This passage in Isaiah is such a great reminder for us to take stock of reality.  It challenges us to look at the lives we carve out for ourselves, apart from God.  It challenges us to say, “so…how’s that working out?”  Our God is an amazing King, Refuge, Strength, Counselor and Friend.  When we worship Him, we connect to our identity as created beings.  Idols offer nothing…especially compared to that.

Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.