In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel. He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either the Asherim or the altars of incense.
The phrase “in that day” refers to a time of God’s judgment on those who oppose him. In some passages this phrase refers to the end times; in others, it refers to the current situation. Here the phrase refers to a time when Israel, because of disobedience, would be invaded by the Assyrian army.
On the day of the invasion, God’s people finally turned to him for help and deliverance. The altars they had built to foreign gods would be of no assistance. Asherim were wooden symbols of the Canaanite fertility goddess and partner of Baal. The lifeless idols and altars offered no aid when the enemy swarmed down upon the people.
If you are trusting in anything but God, one day the circumstances of life will clearly show you the utter futility of your “gods.” The altars to self, career, and possessions will offer no relief. One day you will look to your Maker. Please don’t wait until “that day.” Turn your eyes to the Holy One today!
Talking to God
Father, open my eyes and my heart to see what I am depending on. Forgive me if it is anything or anyone but you. Give me strength to destroy any false gods. Help me look to you alone—my Maker and the Holy One. Help me teach my children (and grandchildren) the danger and futility of trusting in the things of this world. Help me show them how to keep focused on you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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