Emily rummaged through her jewelry box. "Chelsea! Did you take my cross necklace?" she asked her sister angrily.
"Of course I didn't take it," replied Chelsea. "Why would I?"
Emily scowled at her sister. "I left it right here in my jewelry box, and it's gone," she muttered. "I just have to wear it today! I've got an English exam, and it always brings me luck."
Turning her head, Emily saw her mother standing in the doorway. "Our Savior's cross was never meant to be a good-luck charm," said Mom quietly.
"Oh, Mom," said Emily, "I know why the cross is important but is it bad that something good seems to happen every time I wear it?"
"If you wear the cross to remind you of what Jesus has done for you, that's fine," replied Mom, "but if it causes you to feel there's something magical in that object, you have a problem. When it comes to tests at school, you should rely on studying and on God's help in remembering the things you've studied."
Emily frowned. "I studied hard," she replied, "and I prayed, too but sometimes I wish we could really see God. My cross gives me something I can see."
"People often seem to feel that way," said Mom. "Sometimes they think having a picture or a statue of Jesus in their homes will bring God's blessings. The Israelites were like that. They begged Aaron to make them a god of gold, like those they had seen in Egypt. They wanted a god they could touch and seean idol. God punished them for that. He wants us to place our faith and trust only in Him, apart from any object."
Emily nodded. "I . . . I never thought of my little cross as an idol," she murmured as she closed her jewelry box. "I guess I was using it that way, though."
"When you find the necklace, why don't you put it away for a while? Put your trust in God instead of in any object or good-luck charm," advised Mom. "Don't wear it until you can do so just as a reminder to yourself and as a testimony to others of what Jesus has done for you."
Slowly, Emily nodded.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you ever tempted to rely on good-luck charms—perhaps a rabbit’s foot, a favorite pair of socks, a picture, or even a special Bible or a cross? In the book of Ezekiel, God spoke out against those who trusted in magic charms, and God has not changed. It’s wrong to rely on or trust in such things—even in religious objects. Never rely on any thing. Instead, simply trust God. Look to Him for the help you may need. Worship God only!
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: (Ezekiel 13:20)
Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against your magic charms.”