Isaiah 40:20

On a personal note, I am back from church camp and we had a great time.  I learned a few things and I think I came home closer to the Lord than I was when I left.  I would like to thank my father in law, who posted my entries while I was gone.

He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.

Isaiah 40:20

Continuing on in Isaiah 40 with all of the wonderful imagery of the Lord and just how great and powerful He is.  Verse 20 continues the thought of verse 19, in which false idols made of silver and gold are mocked.  In this verse, we get those idols of people who are too poor for gold and silver idols.

The poor people who can’t afford the silver and gold idols have to find a tree that “will not rot” (as it would be bad form for your “god” to be destroyed by termites or rain).  Then they find someone who can fashion the piece of wood into something that resembles an idol.  Then they worship it as a god, asking it for favour and for deliverance.  We can easily see the silliness of such a thing, but how many people over the ages have lived and died praying to an inanimate object?  How many people even today worship at the feet of something that can not hear them and has absolutely no power of it’s own?

Today, our idols are usually not made of silver or gold or even wood.  But, make no mistake, there are many idols around that keep us from wholly serving the true and living God.  May we root out everything in our lives that may be keeping us from Him.  Just as a piece of wood can not do anything for you, nothing that we put in front of Him can do anything for you.  Follow the living God, not the dead things of the world.

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