Today's encouragement comes from 1 Chronicles 14:12, where we read these words:
"And when they [the Philistines] left their gods there, David gave a command-ment, and they were burned with fire."
To me, this is one of the funniest verses in all the Bible. The Philistines lug their heavy gods around; and after they get defeated on the battlefield by David and the Israelites, they (the Philistines) dump their gods, and do not even bother to take them with them (as they flee).
What good are gods that are so valueless, that people do not even show them a little respect, so as to get them off the field of battle?! But so it is with all idols: they are worthless. They are good only for being burned (see above). Even all of our "sophisticated" idols need to be thrown on the fire, too.
[Puritan quote of the day: “[God] has sent forth His messengers, and appoint-ed ministers in His church, to be subordinate lights, to shine with the com-munications of His light, and to reflect the beams of His glory on the souls of men.” —Jonathan Edwards, from his sermon, "The True Excellency of a Gos-pel Minister"]