The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths.
Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.
Idolatry is one of the themes that I’ve tried to pay attention to as we’ve read through the Bible, and this passage has been one that says so much succinctly. Idolatry is not harmless. Idolatry first is stealing the worship that God alone deserves. Beyond that we need to understand that our worship does something to us. In the case of idolatry, we become like what we worship. Look in Psalm 135 and ask yourself what that means. These idols are silver and gold, meaning they are dead. They cannot speak and cannot see and cannot hear. That is a bold warning. Worshipping a false god changes us, too. We can grow dead inside, handing ourselves over to such sin. And this still applies if your idol is power or money or any other more contemporary idol. We can follow that path or we can worship our living God, and can be transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory (2 Corinthians 3).