In the time of Isaiah, prophet of Israel, it was commonplace for people to create their own gods. Probably not much different than today! People would have household gods, regional deities, all carved with human hands. Because the people of Israel began to dabble in this same deity-making, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to set things straight:
To whom can you compare God?
What image can you find to resemble him?
Can he be compared to an idol formed in a mold, overlaid with gold, and decorated with silver chains?
Or if people are too poor for that, they might at least choose wood that won’t decay and a skilled craftsman to carve an image that won’t fall down!
Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand?
Are you deaf to the words of God—
the words he gave before the world began?
Are you so ignorant?
God sits above the circle of the earth.
The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!
He spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them
Recently, I was pondering the things I tend to put hope or trust in instead of God . . . what are the idols I put my hope in? How about you?
Is it a certain hobby, a recent purchase or one you hope to make, a special relationship that has become an idol?