Again, we look at what seems like such foolishness of someone who thinks a piece of wood can be a god. From the same piece of wood, he uses some for a fire to keep himself warm, and then to cook some meat to eat. Then he takes what is left and makes himself a statue, and calls it his god. Looking at that scene from my current viewpoint, that seems beyond foolish.
Are we still looking at things in our everyday lives, and making idols of them? Are there things that we use every day that have become more important to us than they should be? What things in our lives do we put before God and His ways?
Father God, I can be quick to say that the people in Isaiah’s day were so foolish, but then I have to be willing to look at my life, and my heart, to see if I am also foolish by putting the wrong things ahead of You. Forgive me when I do that. You are my God, and I love You. AMEN
Because of You great love, Lord, I can come to You. So every morning, I do come and tell You what I need and wait with expectation. Psalm 5
A Piece Of Wood
13 Another workman uses a line and a compass to draw on the wood. Then he uses his chisels to cut a statue and his calipers to measure the statue. In this way, the workman makes the wood look exactly like a person, and this statue of a person sits in the house. 14 He cuts down cedars or cypress or oak trees. Those trees grew by their own power in the forest. Or he plants a pine tree, and the rain makes it grow. 15 Then he burns the tree. He uses some of the wood for a fire to keep himself warm. He also starts a fire to bake his bread. But he uses part of the wood to make a god, and then he worships it! He makes the idol and bows down to it! 16 The man burns half of the wood in the fire. He uses the fire to cook his meat, and he eats the meat until he is full. He also burns the wood to keep himself warm. He says, “Good! Now I am warm. I can see because of the fire’s light.” 17 But he makes a statue from the wood that is left and calls it his god. He bows down to it and worships it. He prays to it and says, “You are my god. Save me!” 18 Those people don’t know what they are doing. They don’t understand! It is as if their eyes are covered so they can’t see. Their minds don’t understand. 19 They have not thought about these things; they don’t understand. They have never thought to themselves, “I burned half of the wood in the fire and used the hot coals to bake my bread. I cooked and ate my meat. And I used the wood that was left to make this hateful thing. I am worshiping a block of wood!” 20 He doesn’t know what he is doing; his confused mind leads him the wrong way. He cannot save himself or say, “This statue I am holding is a false god.” (Isaiah 44:13-20 NCV)
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