As my life was ebbing away,
I remembered the Lord;
and my prayer came to you,
into your holy temple.
Those who worship vain idols
forsake their true loyalty.
But I with the voice of thanksgiving
will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
Deliverance belongs to the Lord!”
We all have aspirations. We all have the quintessential ideal for how our lives are supposed to turn out. If you are a Christian, that ideal is mapped out for you in the teaching an example of Jesus Christ. If you are not a Christian, whether or not you have an example to live up to, I’m guessing you have a certain idea of what life should be like. These values set of course, and we seek to be loyal to them.
But then something happens. Life doesn’t exactly go as planned. We are interrupted with pain and suffering, hardship and burdens. In the midst of these things we often don’t know what to do with our values. Where is love in the world that is filled with hate? Where is happiness when faced with tragedy?
It’s at this time that, instead of turning to our example of Jesus Christ or following our values, we settle for “vein idols.” These things may alleviate some pain in the moment, but they certainly won’t get your life back on track. Your true loyalty is surely the more difficult road, but only because it’s so valuable.