70 Years Ago – Oct. 11, 1939: NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund established to fight discrimination.
70 Years Ago – Oct. 10, 1939: Hitler forms Winter Relief, forced charitable contributions from German civilians.
65 Years Ago – Oct. 10, 1944: British troops take Corinth, Greece; Germans retreating from Greece.
70 Years Ago – Oct. 9, 1939: German battleship Deutschland captures neutral US freighter City of Flint, creating international incident.
65 Years Ago – Oct. 9, 1944: Third Moscow Conference opens between Churchill and Stalin.
70 Years Ago – Oct. 8, 1939: The New York Yankees win their fourth straight World Series, defeating the Cincinnati Reds.
In ancient times, people worshipped idols. They bowed down to chunks of wood or metal fashioned to look like cows or people or birds, trusted in them, and devoted themselves to them.
We laugh at that. We know better.
Or do we? Do we bow down over our computer keyboards, investing our time in celebrity updates, YouTube videos, and Facebook—and say we don’t have time to read the Bible? Do we trust in our abilities, finances, and strength—without asking for God’s guidance? Do we devote ourselves to sports or TV or our latest gadgets—and grumble about tithing and serving?
Idolatry happens whenever we put anything above the Lord. This doesn’t mean we can’t follow our favorite team, meet our friends on-line, or keep an eye on our financial portfolios. God gave us many good gifts—to serve Him, to help others, and yes, for our enjoyment. But whenever anything comes between us and the Lord, we need to watch out.
God designed the laws of nature that allow our technologies. He gave us our abilities and strength. He created the natural resources we use, and provided everything we own. How foolish we are to put the creation above the Creator, how ungrateful to put the gift above the Giver, how arrogant to put ourselves above the One True God.
The prophet Elijah told the idol-worshippers in Israel, “’How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.’” And when the people saw the power of the One True God, they fell to their faces and cried, “’The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!’” I Kings 18: 21, 39.
Let’s not forget the power and sovereignty of our God. Let’s keep Him first, where He belongs.
65 Years Ago – Oct. 7, 1944: US Third Fleet begins strikes on Luzon in the Philippines in preparation for the Leyte landings.
70 Years Ago – Oct. 6, 1939: Hitler calls for peace talks with Britain and France.
65 Years Ago – Oct. 6, 1944: Soviet Army enters Hungary.
70 Years Ago – Oct. 5, 1939: USSR forces Latvia to allow Soviet troop bases.
65 Years Ago – Oct. 5, 1944: Canadian troops cross Belgian-Dutch border north of Antwerp. Germany begins conscription of sixteen-year-olds.
65 Years Ago – Oct. 4, 1944: World Series opens – in six games, the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the St. Louis Browns. One-armed Pete Gray played for the Browns.
65 Years Ago – Oct. 3, 1944: Germans resume launching V-2 rockets at Britain from new sites in Holland.