As we look through the Old Testament of the Bible and see many examples of idol worship, it’s easy to arrogantly think that we’ve come so far from that way of life. It seems so silly that someone would fashion an idol out of wood or bronze and then worship something that they had just created. We know in our minds that God is the one worthy of worship as the Creator, but still we do worship the created.
Don’t think that this is true today? How about extreme environmentalism where man worships the earth, which God created? Or how about trusting in money to get you everything you want from position to health to security? Some of us even worship our own children, building our entire lives around their little needs and wants. We do worship idols that aren’t worthy of our full devotion. There’s nothing wrong with taking care of the earth, earning money, or loving your children. All of those are good things. But when they are the main focus of our lives, they are our gods.
Habakkuk rightly points out the absurdity of putting our trust in and directing our worship towards idols we’ve created and expecting them to better our lives somehow. Only God Himself is worthy to be praised and He deserves our full attention and devotion.