Observation: Isaiah, speaking on behalf of God, invites a defense on the idol worship of the people. "Present the case for your idols, let them show what they can do. Not one of your idols told you this. Not one gave any answer when I asked. See, they are all foolish, worthless things. All your idols are as empty as the wind."
Idols are false promises people worship.
Application: These last words move me. 'All your idols are as empty as the wind.' Given recent controversies, I wonder if we have lost the art of hearing prophets....even the ones of old like Isaiah. Christians have been in the news recently....not for sharing the good news but defending idols worship that is so part of our culture now....as it was then.
'Christian' presidential promoting the exile and exclusion of all muslims from 'merica'.
Christian university presidents encouraging the conceal carry on university grounds to do away with all those muslims.
An attack of innocents with guns and automatic weapons.
A unquestioned belief that we are a 'christian nation' yet we hold our nation as an idol as well.
We seem to cling to all the things that we believe are right rather than want and desire for God to speak to us through God's word. As Isaiah points out: maybe those things we worship are really empty to begin with!
What are the idols that we attempt to defend?
Nationalism (extreme love of nation)?
Green Bay Packers?
All of these can be intrusive to our worship of God.
In a showdown with the things that we idolize, God will always win out.
Prayer: Lord remind us of the power you have and let our idol hearts be changed to hear a prophetic word that our hearts might desire you most of all.