Idol or firewood? (Isaiah 44:16-17)

“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!’ 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 44:16-17

Foolishness comes in many forms. I like the simplicity of this verse and the stinging truth of it. A man builds his god out of wood and bows down to it, then takes what is left of the wood he used and makes himself dinner by burning it.

We probably do similar things all the time with our idols, though they may not be quite as absurdly obvious. But the situation is the same, our idols are worthless. And more than that, laughable.

How can we honestly believe these things will save us? How can possibly believe money, fame, beauty, will make us happy when they’re worthless, powerless?

And then we have a God in heaven not bound by human limitations, who can do anything. Making His creation satisfied is probably amongst the easiest things he has to do.

Just think next time you’re saying, “Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire,” where is your all powerful God?