The One Thing That Matters

In a world where man tends toward worship of himself, and the things he creates, it’s always good to be reminded of the One who truly deserves to be exalted.

 “The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled), for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty, and all the oaks of Bashan, for all the towering mountains and all the high hills, for every lofty tower and every fortified wall, for every trading ship and every stately vessel.  The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear.”  — Isaiah 2:12-18

This theme runs through this whole chapter.  Clearly, during Isaiah’s time there was a problem with man’s pride in his own accomplishments – not unlike our world today.  But there is a day coming when all of our accumulations and accomplishments will be laid waste.  Doesn’t that put into perspective our constant desire to have more and more of “things”?  These “idols”, as the verse says, will “totally disappear”.

In the end, there is only one Person who is worthy of praise, no matter how important we think other things may be – whether they are wealth, power, achievements, or even our own pride in our sons and daughters.  That is a hard thing for a greedy man or a proud parent to accept, at times.  But we need to be reminded of that perspective – as Isaiah tells us.


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