I recently came to the conclusion that Satan and his demons are often like termites, silently eating away at the wood in our lives. If we are building our foundation on Christ the Solid Rock, we don’t need to feel threatened by the termites. However, we sometimes allow the wooden (graven) images to become all too important. And when those get eaten up, we sometimes feel devastated. These are things that we have devoted ourselves to but have not committed to God for His blessing. They are in a separate compartment of our lives that we have secretly labeled “DO NOT TOUCH!”
The word of God urges us in Psalm 37 to commit our ways to the Lord and delight ourselves in Him. Sadly, we often delight ourselves in those wooden things that cannot withstand the fire or the termites. If we are not watchful, vigilant, and diligent in our walk with God (devoting time each day to prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship with other believers), we will one day find that the floor has dropped out beneath us. We will experience such devastation that we will seriously wonder if God is even present in our lives. Are we prepared for that?
Exodus 34:1-17 warns us to destroy those wooden images and have no other gods. The Lord’s name is Jealous, for He is a jealous God! We need to be careful that we are not allowing any thing or any person to become more important to us than the Lord. Because He has made heaven accessible to us through the sacrificial death of His Son, Christ Jesus, God deserves to be number one in our lives. If there is anything distracting us from our daily quiet time with Him, any person whose affection and devotion means more to us than God, may we see flashing red lights and hear fire alarms going off! Satan is using those things and people to draw us away from God. Over time we will grow “comfortably numb” as the old song by Pink Floyd says.
In 1 Corinthians 3:9-15, Paul points out to us the importance of building our foundation on Jesus Christ. “If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” Let’s be diligent to store up treasures in heaven and earn crowns that we can cast at the feet of Jesus.
“On Christ the Solid Rock I stand. All other ground is shifting sand. All other ground is shifting sand.”