Saturday, June 20, 2009
But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up. Daniel 3:18 HCSB
Every one of us is, even from his mother’s womb, a master craftsman of idols. John Calvin*
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon made a gold statue that was 90 feet high and nine feet wide. He decreed that everyone must bow down and worship the statue when they heard his idol praise band playing. The Bible doesn’t indicate what the king’s statue resembled but it really doesn’t matter because in many ways the statue represented Nebuchadnezzar himself. What was really being worshiped was his accomplishment in setting up the statue.
Creative people often love to hear the praise of others. When we receive accolades from the multitudes, we react like Sally Fields receiving an Oscar and scream out, “You like me! Right now, you like me!” There’s nothing wrong with winning awards and enjoying our artistic crafts, but we must always be on guard that we are not idolizing our talents and worshiping ourselves when we do so.
Lord, help us overcome our selfishness and worship You only.