As I was reading from Isaiah 44 this morning I couldn’t help but wonder how the Israelites could have the audacity to carve idol images with their own hands & then turn around & bow down to worship them.
In Isaiah 44 he describes man planting a tree, watching it grow, cutting it down, using half to make a fire from which to cook his meal, & then using the leftover wood to carve himself an idol image.
It’s almost laughable!
But then that laughter turns to tears of shame as we remember that we too have created idols for ourselves.
Idols in the shape of our jobs, social media, celebrities (or social media celebrities), & entertainment to distract us from our problems.
Sometimes these idols look like good things, like exercise, reading, or family time. But in the wrong hands (our hands) we turn them into idols as we place them above God & above what he intended for our lives.
We turn healthy eating habits into obsessive ones, we let the latest trends control our shopping habits, we allow our eternal aspirations to be replaced by earthly desires & pleasures.
It’s a slow & slippery descent & it’s no laughing matter.
And as humans, it’s a struggle we all deal with daily.
Praise God that He has created a true escape to save us from these earthly idols.
We can easily replace those earthly idols by daily recommitting our life to Christ & asking for His Holy Spirit to live in us & through us.
Through daily devotions & continual conversations (prayer) throughout the day, we can continually refocus our life on heavenly matters.
We are so blessed to have this direct connection to our Father in heaven, the one true God!