Knock on Wood – Jonah 2:8

Wake Up Call

One of my biggest pet peeves is people who “knock on wood.” Oh how that grates on my nerves! At my former company it seemed to be more popular than paid holidays. Someone would be in my office talking about whatever. They would make a comment about how they were hoping some business event would go and end it by saying “…knock on wood” and then they would give a little knock on my desk. Sometimes if we were out and no wood was available they would just knock in the air.

Why do they do that? Is this just a silly habit or do they actually believe they are pronouncing “luck” on the subject? A few times I was so irritated I said; “Well I don’t think a piece of wood is likely to help you” and then I would move the conversation on. I dreamed of putting a sign on my desk that said, “DO NOT KNOCK ON MY WOOD” but of course I couldn’t do that.

The Bible says; “Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy.” (Jonah 2:8) It may seem harmless to knock on wood or keep a lucky charm or read a star chart. But the Bible says that by doing that you forsake Mercy (meaning the hand of the true God) that could be yours. Investing in false things is more than just being misdirected. It means you are not invested in things which could actually help you or make a difference in your situation.

If, for instance, you invested ten thousand dollars in a worthless pyramid scheme you not only lose your money but you lose the interest you would have gained if you had invested wisely. The pay back from investing in God and in his kingdom cannot be overestimated. Instead of knocking on wood, try knocking on heaven’s door!

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