Saturday, October 26, 2019

Habakkuk 2:18-20 -- On Different Kinds of Silence

"What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?
Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him."
Habakkuk 2:18-20

There is an interesting juxtaposition here: we make idols for ourselves with our own hands, but they are dumb... silent.  But when we face the Lord, the true God rather than the false or imagined ones, we are the ones counseled to be silent.

I don't think that the Lord asks us to be silent here as a punishment, or asks for a permanent vow.  Instead, he is illustrating the difference, and asking us to listen and to learn from the true source of knowledge rather than worshiping lifeless acquisitions.

Today, let's choose wisely what we focus on in our lives and what we worship.  Let's not listen in vain for the works of our own hands to speak to us, and let's not let worthless, unliving things set our priorities.  Let's look to the true God, and choose to listen and to be grateful for his living presence in our lives.

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