I recently traveled to the Holy Land of Israel and felt the Bible come to life for me in a fresh and tangible way. Before heading to Israel though, our group spent some time across the Jordan River in the land of Jordan. It was a trip filled with amazing adventure and I experienced many brand-new things. One of our days was spent at an archaeological wonder of the world—Petra. It was incredible to see firsthand the remnants of such an ancient civilization remaining today. People named the Nabateans were the occupants of this city and evidence of their culture still stands. Though the Israelites across the river worshiped the LORD, these people worshiped various gods and had many idols to which they prayed and aimed to appease. As we walked through the Siq—the valley pathway—we saw many of these gods carved into the rock walls along the way. One of these carvings was of a god who had no mouth, and when we asked our guide why this was the case, he replied that this god did not speak. Fortunately, we serve the one true God who not only speaks, but continually reaches out to people and pursues communication with us. Our God gave us the written Word revealing His heart for humanity. He did not leave us to fumble around in the dark alone. He wants us to come to Him often in prayer and enjoy fellowship in His Presence. Our God most definitely speaks. We just need to listen.
Below is a picture of ancient carvings, which are actually man-made gods etched by human hands. I am so glad that the God we serve and call upon is powerfully active and alive. He is real and He communicates with His children. People have always longed to worship something or someone and have searched in so many dead-end places. We were created by God and for God, to worship Him alone. I do not want to place my trust in something I can manufacture with my own two hands. I want to worship the One who made my two hands, and who cares for my heart.
Deuteronomy 4:39, " know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other."