No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, “Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?” (Isaiah 44:19 ESV)
The absurdity of idolatry is made plain from God’s vantage point. Our foolishness in believing that somehow one side of a log could be holy, and the other side common, is staggering! Idols, though they may not hold the same form, often find their way into our homes and fit easily and comfortably into every culture before and since Isaiah’s. An inspired Psalmist wisely observed:
Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.
They have ears, but do not hear;
noses, but do not smell.
They have hands, but do not feel;
feet, but do not walk;
and they do not make a sound in their throat. (Psalm 115:4-7 ESV)
Take a step back from your life for a moment, and view it from this vantage point. Do we really want to worship a twenty-five year old who can throw a ball well, or a fighter who can take a punch? Would you experience heavenly perfection if you looked like the model on the cover of a magazine? Each of us needs to take a moment in the Bible, and appreciate the unique vantage point of God’s perspective that Scripture affords us. When we do, we see that these idols are nothing but vapor compared to our God who is the true rock in our life (Isaiah 44:8).
Are there idols in your life you need to get rid of?