Dumb Idols and Foolish Men

In Psalm 115 the psalmist is rightly critical of those who put their trust in man made idols. He says that men have created, by the works of their own hands, gods of silver and gold. They have mouths, but they do not speak. They have eyes, but they do not see. They have ears, but they do not hear. They have noses, but they do not smell. They have hands, but they can not handle anything with them. They have feet, but they do not walk. He goes on to say that those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them. In other words, the idols are dumb gods and those who trust in them are foolish men.

Most people may not have a dumb idol, but they do put other idols first in their life. Many people do the same thing today with modern idolatry, be it television, sports, hobbies, work, or wealth. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with these things but when we put them above the one true and living God we create an idol. When we do so we are as “dumb” as the idols we worship. Don’t think it is true? What do you put first in your life? Where are your priorities? When the church meets to study, worship, fellowship, and serve where is your mouth, your eyes, your ears, your hands, and your feet? Be honest!

The one true and living God is a true shield in whom we can place all our trust. He speaks, sees, hears, smells, handles, and walks. And we can too when we bless Him, glorify Him, serve Him, worship Him, and put Him first in our lives. He then blesses us…nothing else can! Be faithful!

Tim Dooley
via Chapman church of Christ
Ripley, MS

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