He made the earth by his power,
and he preserves it by his wisdom.
He has stretched out the heavens
by his understanding.
When he speaks, there is thunder in the heavens.
He causes the clouds to rise over the earth.
He sends the lightning with the rain
and releases the wind from his storehouses.
Compared to him, all people are foolish
and have no knowledge at all!
They make idols, but the idols will disgrace their makers,
for they are frauds.
They have no life or power in them.
Idols are worthless; they are lies!
The time is coming when they will all be destroyed.
But the God of Israel is no idol!
He is the Creator of everything that exists,
including his people, his own special possession.
The Lord Almighty is his name! (Jeremiah 51:15-19)
I can’t get over the fact that people worshipped idols–wooden figures made with their own hands, lifeless figures. They couldn’t speak, hear or do anything. Instead of worshipping a living, breathing God they preferred to worship idols. These idols could not save them when they were in danger, help them when they were in trouble or comfort them when they were hurting.
We worship a God not created by our own hands. We worship a God who is real. He speaks to us. He listens to us. He rescues us when we are in trouble. He comforts us when we are hurting and most importantly, He came in the flesh to live among us. He died on the cross for us. What an awesome God we serve. He is no idol. He is real. He is the Creator of everything that exists. He is powerful.
He takes care of His creation. “You make the springs pour water into ravines so streams gush down from the mountains. They provide water for all the animals, and the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds nest beside the streams and sing among the branches of the trees. You send rain on the mountains from Your heavenly home, and You fill the earth with the fruit of Your labor. You cause grass to grow for the cattle. You cause plants to grow for people to use. You allow them to produce food from the earth. You make the moon to mark the seasons and the sun that knows when to set”. (Psalm 104:10-14; 19)
What a beautiful image this conjures up. God cares for the animals, the birds, the earth and us. Let us be thankful He is our God and not worthless idols.