Vs. 3, “Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” We see how foolish it is to worship things made by humans. Abraham himself was once a worshipper of idols before he trusted in God. By this point, God’s people had no excuse, for they were instructed quite cleary from the Mosaic Law not to worship idols. If only they would comprehend the glory & majesty of the true Living God! Theologian A.W. Tozer, “…the essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.” Our temporary idols of today may not be made of wood, but they bring just as much competition as the wooden & golden idols of yesterday
Regarding application…Our Way & God’s Way. Vs. 23, “I know, O LORD, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.” We are on the road of life and the moment we turn from God…we take a major wrong turn. It would be like witnessing a car go down the wrong side of the street. Most people would think or call out to them about how incredibly foolish & dangerous it is to drive in the wrong direction. Yet that is exactly what we do when we direct our own steps. Verse 23 is reminds me of what the Apostle Paul would say to the Corinthians, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” (I Corinthians 6:19-21)
Our lives once belonged to us…but now we are slaves to righteousness. On the road of life, we have only “One Way…Jesus!” By the Grace of God He gave us intellect & will…but we are not meant to fathom the ways of God. In our endeavor to live a life for Him…sometimes I think we as Christians overanalyze ourselves more often than we should. We analyze the “why’s” of our Christians lives…when all God said was to have faith & obey. Sometimes we make life more difficult than it should be. It’s almost refreshing to know that it is not up to “US” to figure it all out! Let’s truly thank God that we simply have to follow the directions. The next step you take…ask yourself…is it my way or God’s way?