14 He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak.He let it grow
among the trees of the forest,or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.
15 It is used as fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself,
he kindles a fire and bakes bread.But he also fashions a god and worships
it; he makes an idol and bows down to it.16 Half of the wood he burns in
the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill.
He also warms himself and says, “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”
17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships.
He prays to it and says, “Save me! You are my god!”18 They know
nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they
cannot see,and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
19 No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to
say,“Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted
meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left?
Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”20 Such a person feeds on ashes;
a deluded heart misleads him;he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this
thing in my right hand a lie?”
1. Silence – Read/Listen – Meditate – Pray – Contemplate
2. What is the word or phrase that touches you today as you read and
meditate on this passage? What is your emotion as you read this
word or phrase?
3. What is an idol? “An idol is anything less than God that you expect
to save you.” It is anything that takes the place of God on the
throne of your life. If you have anything in your life that you say “if
only this could happen…then everything would be perfect.” That
thing, person, event, ideal, is your idol. With which idols are you
struggling? How have you experienced that following these idols
is nothing but “feeding on ashes”(v20)?
4. What does God tell you to do?
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.