What if…Jeep has it right?

Posted: February 17, 2011 by Haelie in What About..., What If...

“Jeep – The things we make, make us.”

Is there any truth to that?

Consider:

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.
Who shapes a god and casts an idol,
which can profit nothing?
People who do that will be put to shame;
such craftsmen are only human beings.
Let them all come together and take their stand;
they will be brought down to terror and shame.

Isaiah 44:9-11

“Present your case,” says the LORD.
“Set forth your arguments,” says Jacob’s King.
“Tell us, you idols,
what is going to happen.
Tell us what the former things were,
so that we may consider them
and know their final outcome.
Or declare to us the things to come,
tell us what the future holds,
so we may know that you are gods.
Do something, whether good or bad,
so that we will be dismayed and filled with fear.
But you are less than nothing
and your works are utterly worthless;
whoever chooses you is detestable.

Isaiah 41:21-24

In case you are thinking, as many of us do, that idol worship is the farthest from anything you would ever do…know this.  Idols are not just things.  Idols can be jobs/careers, people (even good people – pastors, mentors, family, children), financial stability, reputation/image, and so much more.

According to my recent Bible Study Fellowship notes on Isaiah 44, “anything—career, education, friends, health and physical fitness, even family—that consumes the fire of our devotion in the place of God, becomes an idol.”

So, now, could you possibly be idolizing something or someone in your life?

I know I do at times.  As a matter of fact, right now, as the mother of a five-year-old son, I find myself idolizing the idea of a time in the future when my son will be more focused on his classwork and less easily distracted.  (Haha!  I know you’re laughing right now…)  Seriously, though, we can be idol worshipers—consumed with devotion to something and/or someone other than God—and not even realize it.

And what does God have to say about all of this…other than what we have already read above?

For this is what the LORD says—
he who created the heavens,
he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
but formed it to be inhabited—
he says:
“I am the LORD,
and there is no other.
I have not spoken in secret,
from somewhere in a land of darkness;
I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,
‘Seek me in vain.’
I, the LORD, speak the truth;
I declare what is right.

“Gather together and come;
assemble, you fugitives from the nations.
Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood,
who pray to gods that cannot save.
Declare what is to be, present it—
let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the LORD?
And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
there is none but me.

“Turn to me and be saved,
all you ends of the earth;
for I am God, and there is no other.
By myself I have sworn,
my mouth has uttered in all integrity
a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow;
by me every tongue will swear.
They will say of me, ‘In the LORD alone
are deliverance and strength.’”
All who have raged against him
will come to him and be put to shame.
But all the descendants of Israel
will find deliverance in the LORD
and will make their boast in him.

Isaiah 45:18-25

This is what God the LORD says—
the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,
who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,
who gives breath to its people,
and life to those who walk on it:
“I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. “I am the LORD; that is my name!
I will not yield my glory to another
or my praise to idols.
See, the former things have taken place,
and new things I declare;
before they spring into being
I announce them to you.”

Isaiah 42:5-9

So, again, I think Jeep may have this one right as well.  They have another slogan:

“Jeep – There’s only one.”

But, of course, Jeep is not The Only One to which I am referring.

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Comments
  1. Jerry Pierce says:

    Well as we ponder over all these wonderful truths it continues to amaze me how awesome our God is, for as we consider some of the facts as to when this prophecy was given, it was 150 years later when it came to pass. And the main reason you don’t hear from me as often as you use too and then all of a sudden you hear from me and I respond back all in one night. I have been trying to devote more of my time to God than being on my computer all the time. I just hope I am able to structure myself better through the summer months when BSF is out of session. But I think with what I have learned trhis year I will do better.

    • Haelie says:

      MisterP, I very much agree and understand. I am being much more intentional this year with my time, computer and otherwise. Trying to make sure I keep the Main Thing (God) The Main Thing!

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