Isaiah 17-19, Ephesians 5:17-33 Key Verses: Isaiah 17:7-8
Man has the innate ability to look more to what can be seen and made than to the unseen
God, who is the Maker of all things. That is the lure of idolatry. A person can see an idol or
make or designate something to be an idol. The problem with idolatry has always been
that whatever the idol is, it is worthless. It may have some monetary value, depending on
the materials in it, but it has no spiritual worth.
Even Christians, while perhaps not actually putting an idol on a shelf in their home, can
have eyes that wander from the true God to other things. It may be the skill of their hands
that becomes the object of their trust. A person's investment portfolio can be viewed as the
source of security. Someone might, rest in his accomplishments, as if having done this
much will enable him to get through whatever might come his way.
To the people in Damascus, the prophet said that a day would come when “men will look
to their Maker, and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel” (17:7-8). When people forget
God, living as if He doesn't exist, they become like the people of Damascus, who had
turned their eyes from God to idols.
We might chafe at being compared to an idol worshiper, but when our eyes are off God
and on other things, we are really the same.
_Is your trust in God or other things? Think hard about this. If your trust is first in yourself,
then get your eyes right. Look to God._
Woodrow kroll & Tony beckett