Isaiah 44: 9-12
All who make idols are nothing,
and the things they treasure are worthless.
Those who would speak up for them are blind;
they are ignorant, to their own shame.
10 Who shapes a god and casts an idol,
which can profit nothing?
11 People who do that will be put to shame;
such craftsmen are only human beings.
Let them all come together and take their stand;
they will be brought down to terror and shame.
12 The blacksmith takes a tool
and works with it in the coals;
he shapes an idol with hammers,
he forges it with the might of his arm.
He gets hungry and loses his strength;
he drinks no water and grows faint.
As we grow-up around others, we stare at their older lives and crave for that future. As we age, we realize the future is confining, so we look around for an idol or two to meet our current circumstances. An idol could be past or present. Living or carved of stone. Or even an ideology.
We perch ourselves upon the base of this resurrected monument and peer down at the world. All our thoughts and feelings rest here. All our judgments and strong opinions are decided here.
When another from a far away idol approaches with a counter thought, our defenses rise, our wall deployed, and sharp words develop as weapons. Helmet locked and ears closed.
Jeremiah 13:10 These wicked people, who refuse to listen to my words, who follow the stubbornness of their hearts and go after other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt—completely useless!
As the combat is engaged with words of righteous opinions and contempt for opposing views, all of it falls deaf, laying lifeless on the battlefield. Each person engaged walks breathless and defeated with no win in sight. Exhaustion becomes enraged by the ignorance of the opponent. Why can’t they understand and realize the “truth”?
Psalm 135: 15-17
The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
16 They have mouths, but do not speak;
they have eyes, but do not see;
17 they have ears, but do not hear,
nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Slowly each retreats to the safety of their home base. Now the work begins. They gather up their evidence and counter arguments. Taking a stand. Ready for the fight. Marching towards their idol.
Blocking the way of each other. No right in sight. Arguing, Yelling, Chanting. Still no movement or adjustment. Now the temperature rises. Forceful action must be taken to create the submission of the other side. Keep forcing until the win.
Ecclesiastes 3: 9- 17
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
15 Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.
16 And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
in the place of justice—wickedness was there.
17 I said to myself, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.”
Our ultimate goal is to find justice. We as humans need to bring to light what is acceptable and the norm for living. Set standards. Set expectations. Set beliefs.
But, what side will you choose? If you stand long enough on one pedestal, you will only view justice at that vantage point.
The only white flag in this toilsome battle is our Lord and Savior. We as Christians must wave the flag and retreat in Him.
God knows all, sees all, and has created all. Why do we think we have the answers to societies challenges?
Isaiah 44: 13-20
13 The carpenter measures with a line
and makes an outline with a marker;
he roughs it out with chisels
and marks it with compasses.
He shapes it in human form,
human form in all its glory,
that it may dwell in a shrine.
14 He cut down cedars,
or perhaps took a cypress or oak.
He let it grow among the trees of the forest,
or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.
15 It is used as fuel for burning;
some of it he takes and warms himself,
he kindles a fire and bakes bread.
But he also fashions a god and worships it;
he makes an idol and bows down to it.
16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire;
over it he prepares his meal,
he roasts his meat and eats his fill.
He also warms himself and says,
“Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”
17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol;
he bows down to it and worships.
He prays to it and says,
“Save me! You are my god!”
18 They know nothing, they understand nothing;
their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see,
and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
19 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?”
20 Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him;
he cannot save himself, or say,
“Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”
We understand nothing and have closed minds to see that God has a plan. God is our creator and Jesus our savior. We are to follow Him, seek Him, and praise Him. He is our answer to everything. Past, Present, Future.
Step off the pedestal and kneel before Him. Honor the only idol, symbol or ideology that will save you and I from ourselves. Our day will come and our Lord will look into our hearts. He is the judge and will provide the justice. Lift the white flag and rest in Him.
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God,be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”