14 . . . He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. 15 Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and falls down before it. 16 Half of it he burns in the fire. Over the half he eats meat; he roasts it and is satisfied. Also he warms himself and says, "Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire!" 17 And the rest of it he makes into a god, his idol, and falls down to it and worships it. He prays to it and says, "Deliver me, for you are my god!"
Isaiah 44:14b-17, English Standard Version
I am always amazed by this passage of Scripture. It is laid out in such a manner, that we are able to see the utter absurdity of it. But, is it not a true picture of man, even in our day? We are a proud people; we make our own way in life, and then worship the gods of our own choosing.
Look at the picture created. Man plants a cedar tree, and watches the rain nourish it so that is grows big and strong. He cuts the tree down, uses part of it to build a fire to warm himself, he uses part of it and bakes bread on the fire, and he takes the rest and carves it into an idol. Then, he bows down before the idol and exclaims, "Deliver me, for you are my god!"
But wait a minute, do not we often do the same thing! What things do we worship in our modern day? Here are just a few to consider: money, fame, and power. It always amazes me that because a man or woman is an actor or actress, they suddenly become an expert in whatever theme the movie represents. Also, who do we look to for advice? Those who are wealthy. But does their wealth suddenly make them an expert in all aspects of life?
Who or what do you worship? You may say, "God." The question we Christians must continually ask ourselves is, "Do we really worship God, alone?" Do we rely upon him alone as our Leader and Guide? Or, do we fall into the sins of the world, going after those who are rich, or famous, or powerful.
Jesus Christ is the only "Hero" we should follow. Our God is omnipotent! No man or creation, including Satan himself, can even begin to approach the power of God.
Take some time today to analyze your life. Are you like the man who bakes bread in the fire made by the wood of the tree, and then carves an idol to worship from the remaining wood?
Go to Christ; He, alone, is worthy of your worship!
God Bless You,