A little while ago, I read this cute little story in The Gaurdian:
Baby pigs and two sows were freed by firefighters from Pewsey in Wiltshire when a barn went up in flames in February.
Isn’t that adorable? Big, brave, and strong men saved a bunch of little piglets from certain, terrible death. What a beautiful story of salvation.
But, the story didn’t end there. The firefighters were generously reward for their bravery.
The farmer, Rachel Rivers, promised she would present the firefighters with organic sausages when the animals were slaughtered for their meat. Six months later she did just that and the firefighters cooked the bangers on a barbecue.
Devoured by the very ones who saved them.
Though it’s no longer a quaint story about cute piglets, it still serves as a sobering story of what our idols – the things we look to for security, satisfaction, and salvation – will eventually do to us after we’ve experienced their “rescue.”
As God once said, “They are turned back and utterly put to shame, who trust in carved idols, who say to metal images, “You are our gods” (Isaiah 42:17).
Friend, God commands us to have no other gods before Him, because all the other gods you’ll turn to will eventually eat you whole. Only He will give you true salvation and everlasting life. Trust not in the gods who promise life yet only devour you in the end. Trust the only God who has given His life for your sake so your life will have no end (John 10:10-11).