OVERVIEW: Jeremiah mocks those foolish enough to worship an idol. He acknowledges that the Lord is the only true God and compares the true, living God with gods crafted by human hands.
BIG IDEA: Fools trust in idols shaped and fashioned by human hands.
KEY VERSE: Jeremiah 10:5 (God to Israel)
Their gods are like helpless scarecrows in a cucumber field! They cannot speak, and they need to be carried because they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of such gods, for they can neither harm you nor do you any good.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
There are foolish decisions and wise ones. It is foolish not to seek me. I am the living God, creator of all, and I can not only provide what you need, but I can surpass what you want. And I want to provide for you. I love when you call on me. I won’t always reply the way you want, but that is because I love you. You must trust that I have your best interest in mind, one of many reasons you are wise when you seek me.
It is also foolish to put your trust in manufactured objects, theories, or beliefs. Don’t turn to money, or fame, or power to supply what you desire. When you do, it reveals a more profound need, one that I alone can fill. There is none like me, so discipline yourself to follow me until it becomes second nature. Don’t be intimidated by what’s ahead of you. I am with you. Seek me, and let me guide your words, thoughts, and actions.
Do you—knowingly or unknowingly—worship any false idol? Is there anything you put before God? Give that up today and when you crave it, let that desire remind you to pray.