Isaiah 48:1-49:22 / Ephesians 3:1-21 / Psalm 68:1-18 / Proverbs 24:1-2

Standout verse:
Isaiah 44:15, 19-20
“For he will take some of it and warm himself; yes, he kindles it and bakes bread; indeed he makes a god and worships it; he makes a carved image and falls down to it. (v. 19&20) I have burned half in the fire, yes, I have also baked bread on it’s coals; I have roasted meat and eaten it, and shall I make the rest of it an abomination?  Shall I fall down before a block of wood?  A deceived heart has turned him aside; and he cannot deliver his soul.”

This passage describes the absurdity of the making of an idol.  A man chops down a tree, uses half of it for firewood to bake his bread, carves a ‘god’ out of that same piece, and then falls down to worship it.As we read these verses, there is a temptation to say to ourselves, “That’s ridiculous!  The people back then were so foolish.  You’d have to be really dumb to fall for something that obvious!”  But consider the things that we build today by the strength of our own hands: our careers, our houses, our “church resume”, etc.  If these are the places from which we derive our identity and value, or where we place our trust and expectation, then they are idols, and, they will cause separation between the Lord and us. True, lasting, peace and deep seeded joy can’t be found in any of those things, but in God alone!

The great news is that God wants to EQUIP US, MAKE US WISE and HELP US QUICKLY IDENTIFY any idol that we’ve allowed into our hearts and minds to we can TRASH IT, GET CLEAN and GET BACK on our great adventure with Him!