The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 44:15c-20
[a carpenter] makes an idol and bows down to it.
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.”
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!”
They know nothing, they understand nothing;
their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see,
and their minds closed so they cannot understand.

(Here the carpenter elevates the result of his own busyness,
of his own industriousness, of his own satisfaction and well-being,
to a thing he decides is worthy of worship.
We so often mistakenly and sadly look to the work of our own creation,
whether our creation is something tangible we can hold in our hands
or something intangible like a worldview that we form in our minds,
as something worthy of worship, as something that will respond
to our deepest needs and longings.) 

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?”
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?”
(What a picture of the extent and effort
to which we attempt to be like God through our own efforts.
What a picture of the silliness to which we yield time and time again.
As human beings, we have such a capacity for creativity, truly a God-given gift.
We also have great capacity for delusion and self-promotion and self-enhancement.
As we look today to the places within us where we may harbor tendencies
to bow before what we have ourselves created,
the Lord reminds us here that He alone is God,
that He alone rises above the realm of our own thinking and abilities
to reveal Himself as True God, as Mighty Lord, as God Above All gods.)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ’s love,


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