The Pondering Pastor

These "Ponderings" originally appeared as articles in our church newsletter or bulletin or just as the musings of one bald pastor. I place them here to encourage you, my fellow blogite and maybe to help us all in our pondering.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


DIFFERENT CARS have different idling speeds. That’s the speed at which the engine is running while it is waiting at the traffic light. It’s the minimal speed the car needs to keep the ancillary equipment running, but not enough to let the car do any real work, like moving forward.
     Many of us here are reading through the Bible this year, and the past few days we have found ourselves in 2 Chronicles. As we read through the successes and failures of the various kings and the nation Israel, we see that different kings had differing idling speeds (Idol worship would be the proper term.) When you buy a new car the idle speed is set by the manufacturer. It used to be you could adjust this setting pretty easily, but with the new cars you need a PhD in computer science. The reality today is, the manufacturer doesn’t want you messing around under the hood.
     This got me thinking. Does God create us with a preset idling (idol) speed? The answer to that question is, “Yes!” When God wrote out the operating manual for us He made it very clear that we were not to mess around under the hood. We do have a preset idol speed, and that is no idols. In the words of the Manufacturer, “You must have no other gods but Me. You must not make for yourself no other idol of any kind … you must not bow down to them or worship them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affections to any other gods.” (Exodus 20:3-5) In other words, no messing around under the hood! God has set our idol speed and it is ZERO!
      In our reading we read over and over again about the kings who worshiped other gods and the destruction it brought about in their lives and in the nation. We also read of those good kings who tore down the false gods, some removed all, some removed some, and to the extent that they worshiped the one true God was the extent to which they enjoyed the blessings of God.
     How’s your idol speed? Have you been messing around under the hood, trying to reset that which God, our Creator, put in place for our own good? The truth is when we keep our spirits running by the Manufacturer’s design, we run our best. That will save us much wear and tear, and keep us running at our optimum.

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