Look What I Made 

Isaiah 44:10
“Who would form a god or mold an image that profits him nothing?”

When archeologists discovered the remains of the ancient city of Jerusalem, which had been destroyed by the Babylonians, they discovered hundreds of small graven images or household gods. These images shed light on the fact that during the days Isaiah lived, idolatry ran rampant throughout the land. People filled their homes with images representing the gods they created with their own imaginations. Isaiah writes of the folly of idolatry. He describes a man planting a tree, waiting for it to grow, cutting it down, using a portion to build a fire to cook his meal, and the rest to shape into an image he will later bow down and worship. The gods that were created were the product of the imagination, and took the shape of the world in which they lived. The folly of idolatry is that we are both making god and worshipping god.

While our garages may not be factories producing idols, and our homes may not be filled with graven images, we are often guilty of the same actions which Isaiah described. We tend to allow our culture to affect our view of God, rather than our view of God to affect our culture. We trim things or add things to the God of Scripture, until He becomes a god we like. Sadly, when this happens, He is no longer the God of Scripture, nor is He capable of delivering us in time of trouble.

Rather than attempting to change God to fit our taste, we should be getting to know God as He describes Himself. The better we get to know Him, the more we will benefit when things in life become overwhelming.

Pastor Jim

 

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