Let’s pick up where we left off last time we were together.
Firewood to Idols
Isaiah 44 talks about the many uses for firewood. As we talked about previously, you can use a piece of wood to warm yourself, cook food over a fire, or make an idol. There were people back in Bible times who did that a lot. They made idols out of other things as well, not just wood. When Isaiah makes the point about the many uses of a log, it makes you think about what we might make idols from.
Ask yourself this question…
What do we make our own gods? Money, fame, or power? If we’re out to make a god of our own choosing, we deceive ourselves.
Maybe someone should have said something to the people back then, something like, “You do realize you’re worshipping a piece of wood and asking it to provide for you, love you, protect you, and guide you? You just burned half the log over the fire into ashes to be of no more use to you right?”
Wood or metal?
When we think of idols we think of wood or metal ones.
But Isaiah is really addressing a much deeper issue. He has caused me to ask myself if I have created an idol out of anything or anyone other than God.
Let’s do a spot check.
Ask yourself these questions as a spot check on idols in your own life.
1. Who created me?
2. Whom do I ultimately trust?
3. Who represents the ultimate truth and where do I look to for that?
4. Who can provide me with security and happiness?
5. Who is in charge of my future?
If we’re not careful, we may end up serving someone or something else other than God. No idol ever created anything or anyone. I think we can say with great certainty, no idol ever willingly went to the cross and shed blood for you and me.
Thank you, Lord, for sending your son to die on the cross for our sins. Thank you for the beautiful trees that provide so many things. But Lord, I know they will never replace you no matter how useful they are. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.
In His Service
Jeanette Duby, The Teaching Lady
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