Foolishness of the idol worshipper

by Rev Jason Phua

Bible Readings: Isaiah 41:17-43:13; Proverbs 23:29-35

READ (Verse chosen for reflection)
Isaiah 41:24 “Behold you are nothing, and your work is less than nothing; an abomination is he who chooses you”

Isaiah 41:21-29 records a clear message that Yahweh is far above all idols or those referred to as “gods”. Idols can refer to carved images used for worshipping various “gods”. They can also refer to anything we are addicted to or placed on a higher pedestal than our relationship with God.

So even if such idols or “gods” are able to tell of former things or things to come, they are considered as nothing. Even if they are able to “do good, or do harm”, their works are considered as “less than nothing”. Hence those who choose to abide in such idols are walking the path to destruction and futility.

God’s warnings against idol worship is clear in the Bible. Even then, why are people still clinging on to the idols of their lives?

For some, they are largely ignorant to the truth that Yahweh is far greater. They are also unaware that ultimately, these idols or gods will be destroyed. In our sharing of the Gospel, it could be important to highlight such a truth; especially in Asian societies where idol worship is still prevalent.

For others, they could be well aware that the idols of their lives are “nothing” or even an abomination to God; yet they sought after and even secretly kept these. Why is this so?

This could largely be due to our own sinfulness and foolishness on our part to fall to the lie that such idols can provide answers to our daily woes. While it is true that some spiritual idols (such as addictions to gaming) can provide distractions and even quick comfort to stress; such comfort is often short-lived and brings with it sin and its consequences. May the Lord help us all to turn away from the idols of our lives and fix our eyes on Jesus.

May the Lord deliver us from the clutches of the spiritual idols of our lives and cleanse us from all unrighteousness for His good work, joy and glory. Amen.