Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? Or an image that teaches lies?
"For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak." (Habakkuk 2:18 NIV)
Here is a simple, easy-to-follow rule to follow in life: Don’t trust completely anything man has made!
Think about the products we use in our home. Among cleaning solutions, for instance, some of the most effective are the ones made with natural ingredients. Who would have thought that vinegar could clean a coffee pot, or that lemon juice would remove stains or cut grease? Do you think the Maker of natural ingredients may have known what He was doing? When we fertilize our lawn, it is the natural compost that seems to be most effective. Perhaps God’s design for nature to replenish itself helps explain this fact?
Don’t get me wrong, man has done some really neat things with what God has given him. The institute of technology and the computerization of our society no doubt point to the intelligence of man. Show me an invention, however, and I suspect if you look at its origin, somewhere in the beginning you will find the fingerprint of God! When we think of the invention of the telephone, as ingenious as it is, can we not see how its operations clearly relate to the sending and receiving of sound that was already installed into God’s creation? Was it not God who first placed in His Creation the ability to hear; to speak, and to communicate?
Oh, yes, man is indeed brilliant at times, but his brilliance pales in comparison to the great wonder of our God. I don’t plan to give up my telephone any time soon, or cease the use of my computer, but I will try and remember that these ‘things’ will let me down. Only what God has made can be trusted completely.
What are you trusting today?
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