This part of today's reading is a simple comparison between God and idols.
God is creator and man is His creation. Idols are created and man is their creator. So do you really want a god that you had to make? Wouldn't it be better to have the God who created all things and had sovereignty over all things?
At this point, I'm not just talking about Baal and Astarte. I'm referring to all the things that take our attention and focus from God. We have possessions that actually possess us.
We obsess about our homes, our lawns, our cars, our fashions, our electronic gadgets, our heirlooms, our things. We let our attention to them steal time and attention from God. We polish the car in lieu of going to worship. We tend to household matters instead of closeting ourselves with our Bible and our God.
And we excuse ourselves with the rationale of time being too short for everything, service time being an inconvenience on the calendar, family demands being more urgent than scripture study.
We make time for what is important to us. Let us put God in His rightful place -- first in our lives and our priorities. The Lord Almighty is His name.
Father, God, Help us to order our lives that You may be pre-eminent in all things with us. Keep us from jumping to tend the urgent and leave the important - the vital - for the dregs of the day.
In Jesus' most precious name. Amen.