Blogging the Bible 235 – Habbakuk – idols and oceans

There’s a powerful contrast here.

The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Habbakuk 2:14)

What use is an idol once its maker has shaped it?…For its maker trusts in what has been made, thought the product is only an idol that cannot speak! (Habbakuk 2:18)

We may not make and set up statues to worship, but we’re just as prone to idolatry as were the people of Habbakuk’s day. We set celebrities on pillars until we choose to tear them down. We rely on the ‘product’ to make our lives better, whether it’s a new toothpaste, a lifestyle or a whole political and economic system. Or, even more dangerously, we rely on an idea of Religion or of God which is itself a product – of our own minds of of the culture of which we are part.

No idea of God, however reverent and well meant, can save us. Only the true God who speaks through the Bible and shows himself in person in Jesus, can save us. Anything else is a product, at risk of becoming an idol.

What is in danger of replacing the glorious wonder of God in my life? Have I traded oceans of glory for a silver plated statue?

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