12/24/17 What Profit is There?

READING: Habakkuk 1-3, Revelation 15

“Lord, I have heard the report about You and I fear.”

Habakkuk 3:2

Once again today, it’s hard to read the Old Testament passage and not see the stark contrast between idols and God. Listen to the words of the prophet Habakkuk:

“What profit is the idol when its maker has carved it, or an image, a teacher of falsehood? For its maker trusts in his own handiwork when he fashions speechless idols. Woe to him who says to a piece of wood, ‘Awake!’ to a mute stone, ‘Arise!’ And that is your teacher? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all inside it.” (Hab. 2:18-19)

The idols are manmade. They cannot speak, and they cannot hear. They look good on the outside, but they’re dead on the inside. Their just “speechless idols,” pieces of wood, and mute stones – and still people turn to them, call them to awake and arise, and seek them to be their teachers. It’s all folly, actually.

The God of the Bible is so much different, however. He resides in “His holy temple,” reigning over the heavens He created (Hab. 2:20). He alone can silence the earth, and He alone is worthy of worship.


  • This Christmas season, pray for those who aren’t worshiping the true God.
  • Praise God that you’ve had the opportunity to hear about Him and know Him.

PRAYER: “God, thank You for being God—and for allowing me to know You. I praise You today.” 

TOMORROW’S READING:  Zephaniah 1-3, Revelation 16

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