Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. 1 Corinthians 10:14
My husband and I decided to spend a lazy day at home. So, we ordered in Chinese food. At the bottom of the sacks were two fortune cookies. I like fortune cookies. They are just sweet enough without totally wrecking my diet. I cracked mine open to see what silly fortune lay inside. I always like to look and read it, roll my eyes, then toss it away, ignoring the lotto numbers on the reverse side. But this time, It was empty! No fortune. At first I felt rather cheated, then God in His subtle way let me know He was teaching me a lesson.
As Christians, we are to only worship the Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three in one. After all, it is number one and two of the Ten Commandments to have no other god before Him and not to worship idols. Today, we may not sacrifice to Egyptian, Roman or Greek gods and goddesses, or bow down to Baal , but idol worship is still prevalent in oh so many subtle ways in our culture. Just like reading a fortune from a fortune cookie, or your horoscope in the morning paper, or believing in superstitious things like walking under ladders, etc. habits and traditions can seep in. May sound innocent enough, but each time, it is like putting a little chink in the armor of the Spirit of God. Whether we realize it or not, each time we turn our attention away from His control over our lives. It is like a slight indentation from an arrow aimed at our faith, a crack that lets in a tiny bit of temptation. No big deal, or is it?
The next time you wish upon a shooting star, blow on a dandelion, throw salt over your shoulder, knock on wood, read your horoscope or crack open a fortune cookie, think about it. God is a jealous god, He wants us to rely on Him and realize He is Lord over our lives, our thoughts and our actions. A fortune-less cookie became a fortunate lesson for me. It was a reiteration that my Lord is all I need. Jesus told us not to be anxious about our futures but to seek first the righteousness of God. (Matthew 6) Maybe next time, I’ll pray I get another empty cookie! I still like to eat them.