Isaiah 46:1-2 (NIV) – 1 Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of burden.
The images that are carried about are burdensome, a burden for the weary.2 They stoop and bow down together; unable to rescue the burden, they themselves go off into captivity.
“Isaiah has lingered over the problem of idols. He doesn’t want to move on until we understand that idols are basic to our daily lives. They’re so obvious to us, we don’t see them. We don’t see our culture; our culture is what we see with. We’re influenced in ways we don’t notice. We have problems and never understand their real cause. So, Isaiah wants us think about this until we see with new clarity that the salvation God offers is our only hope.” [Raymond C. Ortlund Jr., Isaiah, Preaching the Word, p. 307]
This imagery in Isaiah 46:1-2 helps us to see that idols not only need to be carried, they become a “burden for the weary.” This is a helpful implication of whether we are holding on to idols and not living in the “carrying” of our God – whether we feel more weighed down and burdened by life – feeling tired, exhausted, frustrated or weary.
Are you feeling over-burdened and tired by life? Then, let’s ask ourselves – “what is consuming my heart more than the Lord? What am I really hoping in?”
Prayer: “Lord, would you help me to see the ‘idols’ in my heart? Help me to see with such clarity so that I can turn away from them and instead, look to you as you alone bring salvation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Let’s close in singing “The Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman.