Good Morning April 15

Isaiah 44 tells about a man who cuts down a cedar tree, uses part of it for fuel to warm his house, part of it for the stove to cook his meal, and then part of it he carves into a god, bowing down and worshiping it.(vss.14-20) The Prophet concludes that passages saying, “a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, ‘Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?'” We laugh at such a foolish picture, but we are not far from its truth. At its heart, idolatry is anything that sets man’s will in place of God’s will. Understanding it in this way, we see our own world full of idols. Instead of being called Baal, and Ashtaroth we call them sexual freedom, money, lifestyle, power, democracy, education, capitalism, and many of the things we’ve built into this world that we call normal. The problem with any idol, any sin, is getting used to it as a normal part of life and never questioning whether it is right before God or not. God truly desires the best for our lives, but His best is only found in seeking to understand His will for His creation.