"Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it." Habakkuk 2:18
When we are in pain, we always look for someone or something to comfort us. When we are facing a problem, the same it true. We begin to search out a source of help. Some seek the comfort and help that they need through gaining more knowledge. Some seek it through drugs and alcohol. Others seek it through the philosophies of famous teachers. There are those who seek the help they need through statues that have been fashioned with their own hands, and false religion.
When Israel was in rebellion against the Lord God, Elijah and the prophets of Baal met on Mt. Carmel to put an end to the question once and for all-- who is the real God? The prophets of Baal called and called, pleaded and pleaded with Baal but he never answered. They even became so desperate that they cut themselves hoping to get his attention. Baal never answered. When Elijah called upon the Lord God and asked that He would send fire upon the altar, God sent fire-- He answered.
Why didn't Baal answer? He was a "god"? Multitudes prayed to him daily, yet he refused to answer? The reason he didn't answer was because he was not real. He was not a god. He was a statue that some man took his own two hands and made. He was a figurine that was lifeless.
The same thing is happening today. Multitudes are "calling" upon "gods" of false hope. They don't answer. They don't give guidance. They don't give any direction. They don't comfort the hurting, bind up the broken hearted, heal the sick, or save a soul. The reason why is simple-- they are not real. They may have carved out arms but they can't embrace anything. They may have carved out eyes, but they can't see. Ears but can't hear and legs but can't walk. Some of these "gods" they are putting their hope in aren't carvings, but are worshipped as real. Multitudes call upon them everyday hoping for an answer, but never hear a reply because they are as false as the idols made of wood or stone.
I have good news though. There is a true God who gives hope. He has eyes that see, ears that hear, hands that reach out, a heart that embraces. He is touched by the feelings of your weakness. He cares when you are hurting. He comforts, He provides, He heals, He saves. His name is the Lord God, the Almighty, Heavenly Father, Jehovah-God, Jesus, Holy Spirit. He loves you and He cares about you this morning. When you call, He will answer... because He is real and He is alive.
Have a great day. Don't place your hope in some false god that can't see, hear, feel, care about you or answer when you call. Put your hope in the One True and Living God-- He is the Real God.
For further reading:
1 Kings 18
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