In Isaiah chapter 46, The Spirit of God says, “Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy laden; they are a burden to the weary beast. They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity. Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb: And even to your old age I am He; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you. To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal and compare me, that we may be like?”
The contrast being made here in these Scriptures is between gods made by men and The Living God. The gods made by men must be carried about by men, because they have no life in them. The Psalmist writes concerning these gods, “Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.” And then the blistering truth of The Almighty regarding the spiritual condition of people who worship gods made of their own hands. “They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.” Spiritually dead. Religious? Possibly. Alive spiritually? Absolutely not.
Dear ones, do you worship gods that you must carry, or The Living God Who carries you? It is wrong for us to think that the only idols that The Holy Spirit is referring to are those in foreign countries, or those that existed in days gone by. Today there are man-made gods that people carry about every single day. They may be credit cards and all that thy can buy. They may be membership cards that grant one access to health spas or country clubs that represent all of the perks and prestige of wealth. They may be a pastor’s library. They may be a biker’s dream bike. It may be “healthy eating”
Now there is nothing inherently wrong with eating healthy or having a credit card (as long as the card doesn’t have you!), or riding a bike, or being a member of a health or country club or for a pastor to have a library. But here is the question: Are those things how you identify yourself? Does your life revolve around whether or not you have those things or belong to those prestigious establishments?
Beloved, if anything you can carry or eat or read or belong to is your god, then your life is out of orbit spiritually. Trust in The Risen Christ today. Trust The One Who redeems you and when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. Trust The God Who will carry you, beloved.