What is an IDOL? It is a graven image; a statue; or an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship. It can even be a person we’ve made into a hero.
We human beings can turn almost anything into an object of worship! It can be anything from a famous basketball star hero to a treasured car to an appointment calendar that we decide is untouchable—even sacred.
But our God has a lot to say about idols in the Word, and we would do well to heed His words.
They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. (Jonah 1:8 KJV)
Vanities are vain things—things that deceive [mislead, betray, trick, or dupe]. Idols fulfill this definition. Anything that we trust in place of or instead of God can be considered a lying vanity.
I hate those who cling to worthless idols; as for me, I trust in the Lord. (Ps 31:6 NIV)
This Bible verse calls idols ‘worthless.’ Since idols are empty, hollow, and pointless, this is an accurate adjective.
But they are altogether stupid and foolish; the instruction from idols is nothing but wood! (Jer 10:8 NASB)
As this Scripture says, the only ‘instruction’ a person can receive from an idol is a contemplation of wood.
“What profit is an idol when its maker has shaped it, a metal image, a teacher of lies? For its maker trusts in his own creation when he makes speechless idols! 19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake; to a silent stone, Arise! Can this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in it. 20 But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him.” (Hab 2:18-20 ESV)
Since idols are made by human hands out of wood or stone, and often decorated with gold and silver, it is obvious to recognize it as an unresponsive object with no life in it. However, our God is alive; and He (alone) can impart life—even eternal life. Glory to God.
Value your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as the most important relationship in your life, and you will avoid some of the traps that the enemy tries to set before believers. God bless you.