“Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth;”
Isaiah 42: 1-4.
Full text Isaiah 42: 1-9
The nature of idolatry is that we worship and serve what has never served us and does not deserve our worship. Like our money, our status in society, our spouses…even our children.
At the heart of the Christian message however, is that Jesus Christ; “the Chosen One;” is the only one who truly deserves our worship, because He has served us first.
So How can we replace the idols in our lives with true worship?
Verses 1-4, teach us to “Behold” (observe and meditate) on the one in whom God Himself “delights.”
When we really observe and meditate on who Christ is and what He has done in our lives…the personal miracles we have each experienced…then we will be able to clearly distinguish between what is real and what is counterfeit.
Christ from afar has long observed us. He knows where we are wounded and understands that we are often on the verge of losing hope. But whatever our struggle is…He is working through it and will bring us to a beautiful end.
So let’s continue to behold (observe and meditate) on our Lord and delight in Him…because in Him we are free from all that binds us and limits us .
Father, I often think of idolatry as worshipping man made statues at a shrine. But I now know that anything I place above You is an idol in my life. I thank You for delivering me from idolatry and the suffering it brings. I delight in You; Father; for sending a Servant-King, Jesus Christ, who I can truly worship because He has “set the captives free” (Luke 18:4). I bless your name O Lord…Amen.