Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World


In the 44th chapter of Isaiah, the prophet somewhat sarcastically and very convincingly, points out how ridiculous and illogical it is to bow down to idols rather than to God.  At one point he talks about how a man cuts down a tree, uses some of it to heat his house, uses some more of it to cook his food and then uses some of it to craft an idol.  He bows down and prays to it and says, “Save me, you are my god.”  Isaiah thoroughly exposes the sheer folly of both idols and idolaters in this passage.  He refers to idolatry as spiritual blindness.

While I know someone who once saw a carved idol in a third world country (he even saw people feeding food to the idol), this is not something we tend to see or think about in America.  However, America can be an incredible manufacturer of idols.  We live in the wealthiest and most consumer-driven country in the world, and this makes it extremely easy to trust in things other than God such as wealth and its pleasures.  God wants our hearts.  And hearts set on things other than God will prove a lie.  If our hearts are set on outward professions, doings or material things, as if those can save us, we deceive ourselves.

Ultimately idols are spiritual adultery.  We must worship God who is the creator of ALL things.  We must not worship or venerate anything or anyone who has been created.  Psalm 115:8 says, “Those who make idols will be like them and so will all who trust in them.”

Lord, gives us eyes to see and ears to hear. Cleanse our hearts and minds, so that our thoughts of you will be pure and free from the polluted waters of idolatry.  Amen.

Brad Gauen