There is much richness in the Old Testament book of Isaiah. More verses from Isaiah are referenced in the New Testament than almost any other OT book (Psalms is actually first, if you're curious). I was saved in it 53rd chapter, and I am blessed anew each time I read through it.
And every time I read through the 44th chapter, I laugh, shake my head - and then bow my head with conviction.
he carves an idol and bows down and worships it.
Ridiculous, isn't it?
No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, “Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?” Isaiah 44:19How can anyone with sense worship, and ask for divine help from, something they made themselves? (Isaiah 44:17)
And that's when the conviction shows up. Because I do exactly that. Dictionary.com defines worship as, among other things, adoring reverence or regard. And, by that definition, I certainly spend at least some time worshipping my technology gadgets. My schedule (OH yeah). My work. My family. My ministry.
Am I any less foolish than they are? Maybe not.
Nothing deserves our worship except God. Salvation comes from nobody, and nothing, else. Don't worship your own (or man's) creation. Worship your own Creator instead. He is worthy.
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