Isaiah 45 — Part 8 — Righteous All, Idols Nothing
“They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall go to confusion together that are makers of idols. But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else. I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.” Isaiah 45:16-19
For the world such warnings are ignored, if considered at all, as just so much innocuous religious pronouncements, nothing that requires serious consideration. But though His Word and warnings may be ignored or go unheeded by those who do not chose to honor Him, they will come to pass. What God has declared will be. Everything in creation affirms that truth.
The future for the idol makers and the idol worshipers is grim indeed and nothing to wink at. This isn’t a Hollywood fantasy or some guru’s prediction. This is the Word of God Himself declaring the gravity and seriousness of idol worship.
Now, idols are not just wooden figures and statuary that can be seen. They are even more so, in our time, anti-God ideologies and allegiances, people whose pleasure we have placed before God’s, passions that direct our lives in opposition to the Word of God, things and relationships that dominate our thinking and control our actions. Idols can be anything that we hold in greater value and devotion than God. They are all products of our own making. And every one of them is an offense to the love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
God alone deserves our deepest devotion and highest admiration and our most earnest love. That is our worship. All else, no matter how beautiful, loving, emotionally connected to us or prized for it goodness, must come after and well beneath our love of God. All of our best energies, passions, drives, emotional connections, sincerest devotion, praise and admiration must first and foremost be directed toward God our Father, Jesus Christ our Lord and the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, Teacher and Guide. To give any of those to other things is to make other things the objects of our worship and, therefore, idols.
Shame and confusion will be the reward for devotion to them.
But for the people of God, they shall be saved. They will never be confused or confounded for all eternity.
The work of God in creation was not a futile vain exercise of creative power nor will it lay dormant and uninhabited. Creation was made to be enjoyed by God and by His Church and His chosen people, Israel, together the Body of Christ.
The Words of God and the promises of God were not given in vain to deceive, to disappoint, to be lightly regarded or ignored on a whim. That is the way of men, but it is not the way of God. Men make promises often that are contingent upon the caprice of the moment. “I will definitely be there” means “I might be there unless something better comes up.” No guarantees.
With God, every Word is a guarantee.
“In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began…” Titus 1:2
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19
And what God declares is right. That is, it is beneficial to all His people who will submit to Him and believe it.
Hope, confidence and trust in God will never be disappointed.
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5