“[The Idolater] feeds on ashes. His deceived mind has led him astray, and he cannot rescue himself, or say, ‘Isn’t there a lie in my right hand’” (Isaiah 44.20)?
People literally make gods and idols out of wood and stone, but this is not the only form of idolatry in our world. Anytime we exchange the truth of God for the lie, and worship and serve the created rather than the Creator, we rightly label ourselves idolaters (Romans 1.25). Colossians 3.5 equates covetousness with idolatry. Philippians 3.19 teaches that those committed to pleasures like eating or sensual fulfillment are those whose god is their belly. As a believer I must heed John’s warning: “Little children, guard yourselves from idols” (1 John 5.21).
That said, how do I feed on ashes? Has my deceived mind led me astray? Is there a lie in my right hand? It is rightly said that if God does not satisfy me, then nothing else will. May I be filled with the fullness of God today!