Are wood and molded metal the only kinds of idols out there? I don’t know anyone who has a statue they worship in their home. But I know many people (me included at times) who have fashioned gods to our own liking, and worship them.
Some worship self, others nature, the stars and moon. Some worship ancestors, some make gods out of relationship, careers, pubic figures, even their automobiles! There are those who twist the truth about Jesus to be loving without being holy, to be forgiving without being the righteous Judge, to being one of many ways to the Father, and accepting of all people everywhere without the need for repentance.
Most people would say they don’t worship idols. But their actions and priorities say something quite different. I know God is speaking through Isaiah about the wooden statues people were worshiping at that time. But I believe Scripture always has something to say to us as well whenever we read it.
I like how the NLT says so clearly what God would say to those who put anything or anyone above our devotion to Him:
How foolish are those who manufacture idols. These prized objects are really worthless. (vs 9)
Who but a fool would make his own god – an idol that cannot help him one bit! (vs 10)
Such stupidity and ignorance! Their eyes are closed, and they cannot see. Their minds are shut, and they cannot think. (vs 18)
The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes. He trusts something that can’t help him at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask, “Is this idol that I’m holding in my hand a lie? (vs 20)
I pray none of those verses describe you. But I think God would have us all do an idol-check in our hearts. Hear God say repeatedly:
I am the Lord and there is no other. (vs 6b)
I, the Lord, speak only what is true and declare only what is right. vs 19)
Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other. (vs 22)
I hope you’ll read this chapter in God’s Word and see the spiritual parallel that is there. Maybe it’s time we quit telling ourselves that God is just one of many, that His Word is outdated, not necessarily true for everyone. Maybe it’s time that we truly submitted to the Creator God because…
What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. vs 9a)