Do you have something you think is lucky?
Some people may have a lucky rabbit’s foot, a four-leaf clover or a pair of socks they haven’t washed for a whole season.
Whatever the item may be, does it actually bring you luck?
Many in Jacob’s family believed certain items brought good fortune, but Jacob knew the truth.
“God said to Jacob, ‘Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar there to the God who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.’ So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, ‘Put away the foreign gods that are among you and purify yourselves and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel, so that I may make there an altar to the God who answers me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.’ So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods that they had, and the rings that were in their ears. Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree that was near Shechem.” (Genesis 35:1-4)
Idols and earrings.
These weren’t just things they worshiped – sometimes they were seen as good luck charms. Earrings were worn as good luck in order to ward off evil. But Jacob made them take off all of it and give it to him.
They were to be cleansed before they worshiped God. They were making a new start in Bethel, with God in the lead. Jacob knew they would prosper and be blessed, and he didn’t want anyone attributing the success to anything other than God.
God alone should get the glory.
It’s not your rabbit’s foot (which, by the way, a dead animal’s foot!?) or a stinky pair of socks that’s bringing you luck.
God numbers our steps.
He is in control.
Bad things happen in this world because sin entered it and defiled God’s perfect creation. But God already had victory over sin. And when Jesus defeated death and rose from the grave, he insured it. Until the day Jesus brings judgment on all who will deny Him as king, He will use our circumstances to mold us and to shape our character to draw us closer to God.
Today, it’s time to clean house.
What idols do you have in your household? God shouldn’t just come first; he should be the only one.
To God be the Glory!