Your god Sucks!

Isaiah 44:8-10, 13, 17You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? “No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.” 9 All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame. 10 Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit nothing? 13 What he shapes is in the form of a man, of man in all his glory, that it may dwell in a shrine. 17 He prays to it and says, “Save me; you are my god.”

Isaiah 44:21-22 21 “Remember these things, Jacob, for you, Israel, are my servant. I have made you, you are my servant; Israel, I will not forget you. 22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

There is God and then there are the gods we worship.

Those of us who seek to know God in the way of Jesus are worshiping the one true God – hopefully.  Jesus came to show us the one true God.  But we often make Jesus into an idol.  We create a Jesus who fits into our lives versus fitting ourselves into his life.  Whenever we do this we shrink Jesus down to the size of a bobble head Jesus.  One we can mount on the dash of our car or put in our pocket.  A convenient Jesus.  A Jesus who is useful when we want him or need him.

All of us, Jesus followers and non-Jesus followers have other gods. There is the body god. There is the money god. I just read a study that says Denver is the most sexed city in the country – the sex god. There is the adventure god. The security god. The 401k god. The kids god. The sports god. The fashion god.  The successful image god.  The image of myself as god.  The list goes on.  John Calvin said, “We are god/idol making factories.”

Isaiah points out the absurdity of our gods. We make them. We make them in our image.  And then we expect them to save us. We look to them for meaning, love, intimacy, security, provision, strength, wisdom and we wonder why they fail us.

Our idols cannot save us anymore than we can save ourselves.

God says to us, through his prophet Isaiah, “Remember and Return.”

Remember that God is the first and the last, the beginning and the end, that he loves us and has chosen us. Remember that impersonal things cannot meet personal needs.  Remember fashioning gods is ridiculous, it is God who has fashioned us.

The gospel according to Isaiah is that God is God and there is no other. We exist to serve him, not the other way around. We can’t fit him into our life, we are made to fit into his life, his will. There is God and there is us – his servants. Those who serve him are the happiest people in the world.

Return, Isaiah says. We do not return to earn his love.  His love is already there.  God took the initiative.  We return not as a condition, but because God’s love and God’s life are our motivation.

Remember and Return.