“Now Rachel had taken the household idols, put them in the camel’s saddle, and sat on them. And Laban searched all about the tent but did not find them.”
Later in Israel’s history, the Law of God will be imparted, and idolatry will be forbidden. One of the main reasons is, a manmade icon cannot adequately represent an infinite God. No matter how skilled the worker, or how beautiful the image, it will be a poor representation of God. The actions of Rachel reflect that idea, as she sits on her gods to hide them from her father. Any God small enough to fit in your pocket, is certainly too small to aid in time of need.
While it may not be common in our culture to fashion stone or metallic icons and call them god, it is very common for us to lose sight of the wonder of God, and reduce Him to something we can figure out. Paul spent three chapters of the book of Romans discussing the sovereignty of God. His conclusion was simply,
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” Romans 11:33
When we are face to face with things about God we do not understand, we cannot dismiss them because of our lack of knowledge. Nor should we accuse God of wrong doing because we cannot see the whole picture. Instead, we should humbly sit before Him, and adore a God who is way too vast to fit in our hip pocket.