By: Ely Lagajino
“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.” Jonah 2:8 (NIV)
I was writing an inspirational talk for young people, when an earthquake suddenly occurred. Scientists traced the epicentre at Tingloy Island in Batangas. The title of my talk was “Sports Idol” but I stopped writing for the fear of an aftershock.
A week later, I continued writing the sermon since the appointment was nearing. While sitting on the bed with my back leaning on the wall, a strong earthquake happened again. I tried to analyze my inspirational talk. It seemed to me that the title had a controversial structure, “Sport’s Idol.” Earthquake in Tagalog is “Lindol.” If I added the letters l and n to my title, it would read Sports Lindol. I’m not superstitious, but I changed the title of my talk.
Now back to the Israelites, after they passed through Moab country, the pillar of cloud led them toward the territory of the Amorites, a well-known idol-worshipping people. Their ancestors met Abraham while they stayed in Canaan and learned about the true God. God had shown Abraham in a vision that Israel’s children should be strangers in the land of promise until after four hundred years. “In the fourth generation, your descendants will return, for the sin of the Amorites haven’t yet reached full measure” (Genesis 15:16).
God gave the Amorites enough time to recognize Him as the true God. They heard about the Red Sea miracles saving theIsraelites. But when Moses sent a friendly request to king Sihon to pass through their highway, the king denied them the passage. Instead, he declared war against Israel. The Amorites sealed their destiny.
These giant-sized warlike people originally occupied the southern part of Canaan, but when they became overpopulated, they crossed the Jordan River and invaded the Moabites. God told Moses to continue their journey and not to be afraid of them for He would deliver this idolatrous people to Israel and give their land to the Israelites as part of the Land God promised. The Amorites lost the battle.
Are we ministering to unbelievers with the time God has given us?
Deuteronomy 2; 3: 1-11