Isaiah 44:10 (TLB) Who but a fool would make his own God – an idol that can help him not one whit!
As we consider the 10 commandments and what they teach us about holiness we realise that the first three commandments all force us to acknowledge that God is the all-mighty, all-powerful, all-knowing one who is to be revered and worshipped. When we place anything else as our concept of good, the arbiter of right or wrong, the revealer of mysteries and our source of power then we create an idol. And in doing so we claim something else is worth following, obeying and worshipping and that makes out that God is not enough on his own or is somehow less than what he claims. It is a bit like having a well of the purest water and adding a drop of ink. The ink is nothing compared to the water but nevertheless it pollutes the well. In the same way, though idols are nothing compared to God in placing them as something to be worshipped alongside God we pollute our understanding of who God really is. Not surprisingly, God is passionately against idols in all forms, but we so easily get seduced by them. Yet if we read further in Isaiah 44 we hear God say “pay attention, Israel, for you are my servant; I made you, and I will not forget to help you. I’ve blotted out your sins; they are gone like the morning mist at noon! Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set your free.”
How heart-lifting to know that God’s desire is not to discard us because we continually fail to live up to his standards or fail to worship him alone but that his desire is to have us come and receive his help. How wonderful! Let us not turn away from this offer.
Prayer: thank you lord for loving me and being faithful to me. I know I do wrong so often but I will keep coming back to you because you made me and I am your servant. Please help me and lead me today and every day. Amen