Scripture: verse 7
they set [their idol] in its place, and it stands there;
it cannot move from its place.
Observation: Isaiah is, once again, mocking the stupidity of idol-worship. They bring gold to a goldsmith, the goldsmith makes a statue, and then everyone worships said statue. Not only can the statue not accomplish anything on their behalf, it can’t even move on its own behalf. They carry it around, and it cannot move from where they put it.
And then there’s us. 1 John 4 says that we love because God first loved us. Zechariah 12:10 prophesies that God will pour out a spirit that contains both grace and desire for grace: the spirit both allows us to understand that we need grace and provides grace at the same time. (The phrase is typically translated “a spirit of grace and supplication” – the words for both grace and supplication are forms of the root “hanan,” which means grace.) We cannot move from where we are.
My daughter has experienced a couple of panic attacks, so I’ve been trying to help her understand what a panic attack is. She’s too young to really get it, and as a result she can’t see a way out of the panic, can’t even see that the fear isn’t reality. So she fights me when I tell her to take deep breaths, to count slowly to ten, to picture colors in her head.
My mom says that from God’s perspective, we’re all about three years old. We think that what we see is all there is. We don’t see the edges and limits of our understanding. We can’t move from where we are until God shows us that there is somewhere else to be. And He’s the only one who can carry us there.
Application: Ask God what you’re missing. Let Him take you places.
Prayer: Father, I praise you because you see far more than I do. I praise you because you are the only being in existence who can move on your own initiative. Thank you for bringing me out of darkness. Help me to see your light. Amen.