Isaiah 46:7. “ They bear him upon the shoulder, they carry him, and set him in his place, and he standeth; from his place shall he not remove: yea, one shall cry unto him, yet can he not answer, nor save him out of his trouble.”
The gods man creates are actually pretty useless. They need to be carried from one place to another; they just stay wherever they are set down; they can’t respond in any way. They can’t work miracles, they can’t answer prayer, they can’t save us from our troubles.
And yet we continue, even these “enlightened” times, to create what we think certain beings must have looked like, and we set them up in high places and worship them, even leaving them food and drink although we KNOW they are unable to consume anything.
If you’ve wondered why God returns to the topic of idols so often in Isaiah, it is because idolatry was one of Israel’s most besetting sins. As they assimilated into the idol-worshiping cultures around them, married into them, they also adopted their gods and their practices of worship. Time after time, idolatry ended in disaster for Israel throughout their history.
But, you may say, WE don’t worship idols. And I would point out just one thing: The ubiquitous cell phone. Can you turn it off? Does it follow you even into the bathroom? Are you able to hold a face-to-face conversation with a live person without interrupting it to say, “Sorry, I need to take this?” whenever your cell beeps? Do you sleep with it within arm’s reach? Do you feel frantic if you misplace it? Do you check your cell the minute you shut off your alarm?
Maybe we need to rethink what we consider to be idols.