Principle from Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

I’m currently reading the book Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller. The book has challenged me so much, and I completely recommend it.

The book is about how we make idols, or counterfeit gods, out of anything and everything. Our culture is saturated with idolatry. Whether it’s money, sex, health, children, success, leaving a legacy, having a big ministry platform, respect, etc. etc. etc.

Tim Keller does a great job building a case against idolatry, and in chapter 2 he provides an incredible picture of the disappointment that comes with idolatry by looking at the life of Jacob. Jacob’s entire purpose while he was working for Laban was to marry Rachel. She was the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen. He worked for seven years in order to marry Rachel, but thanks to some scheming on behalf of his father-in-law, he accidentally had sex with her ugly older sister, Leah, instead.

Keller stops here in the story and makes an extremely powerful point. When you put all your hope and security on going to bed with Rachel, it’s always Leah in the morning.

Whenever we think we’ll find satisfaction or fulfillment in anything besides God, it ends in disappointment everytime. It’s always Leah instead of Rachel.

Do you have any counterfeit gods in your life? Are you seeking the peace that only God can give from something besides God? It won’t seem as awesome tomorrow morning.

 

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