The Book Stand – 12/10/20

Noah Baker

Habakkuk 2:18-19 Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman? Or an image that teaches lies? For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak. Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Come to life!’ Or to a lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’ Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver, there is no breath in it. 


I can’t help but remember when Pastor Nate preached on these verses, several weeks ago. He fell to his knees, and screamed at his book stand: “Wake up! I need your help, wake up!” And we all laughed because it looked ridiculous. Obviously his book stand and stool hold no breath, making it absurd that he would even consider seeking attention from them. But how silly are we to do the same? If it’s not an inanimate object, it’s our image, our following, our finances, our relationships, and the list goes on. The act of trust is only good if the object of trust is good. And we will only receive what the object of our trust is able to give. So we wonder why, without fail, it’s never enough when we continue to rely on others’ approval for validation. We wonder why we feel so empty when we allow our performance to determine our worth. I understand. I know how it feels to repeatedly run back to the very thing that inhibits joyous harmony with Jesus. But it will never be enough. The greatest act of love in the history of the world is this: when Christ hung up on a cross, and looked down at all of the people betraying, and denying, and forsaking Him…He stayed. He didn’t leave. And I am the people in the crowd betraying, and denying, and forsaking Him every time I try and choose something to validate me, equally as absurd as a bookstand, over my Savior. I am thankful, and humbled, and full to testify that He stays – that He didn’t leave me. And He won’t leave you.   


Father, I pray that we can wake-up in full awareness of our idols possessing no breath, no guidance, and therefore no authority. I pray that we can start asking ourselves: “where do I keep going to seek what only you can give?” And I pray that we can be still before you, and we will receive what our hearts long for. In your Son’s precious name, Amen.