“Return to Him against whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted. For in that day every man shall throw away his idols of silver and his idols of gold—sin, which your own hands have made for yourselves.”
Isaiah prophesied of a day when a nation would come against Judah, and the Lord would defend His people. This happened at the end of the 8th Century BC when the Assyrian forces besieged Jerusalem, and were supernaturally defeated. In light of this, Isaiah calls people to return to the Lord. I find it interesting, that he couples coming to the Lord, with the laying aside of idols.
It is not difficult to imagine this scene. A person hears about the true God, makes a commitment to him, returns to his home, gathers up any and all images to other gods, and throws them in the trash. Meeting the Lord results in turning from false gods. It would be difficult for any of us to believe a person had truly repented if we visited their home and it was still filled with images to Molech, Baal or Ashtoreth. What we often fail to understand is, idols are physical representations of the desires of the flesh. A person who lived for pleasure would worship Molech, so getting rid of the idol was an evidence of turning from sin.
Today, at least in western culture, it is not common for people to have images which they bow down to in worship. Instead, we tend to live for the sin the idols represent. As a result, it is a little more difficult to see whether or not a person has truly repented. However, a little closer look into the fridge, movie cabinet, or Google search history, might reveal some idols that have not been thrown away.
Perhaps it is time to do some personal inventory. Have you turned to Christ and trusted Him alone to save you? Have you gone through your life, and your home, and removed the things you once lived for, which are not pleasing to God? Maybe it is time to do some spiritual house cleaning. Why not start this morning?