OUR LORD WHO EXPECTS US TO RATIONALLY EVALUATE OUR ACTIONS
Isaiah chapter 44 verse 14 says this;
He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow.
The prophet Isaiah, writing the words of the Lord, records His assurances that He will save His people. He promised that he would pour out His Spirit on their offspring and blessings on their descendants.
However, the Lord mentioned that there were some people among them who were making idols out of wood and worshiping them.
The verse describes how the makers of idols would select a tree that had grown on its own in the forest or in some cases, they would plant a pine tree and the rain fell on it and made it grow.
Once they had logged the tree, they used part of it for fuel to warm themselves and to cook food upon. With the rest of the log, they then carved an idol shaped like a human figure and they bowed down to worship the idol that they had just created.
The Lord asked this of the idol makers in verse 19;
No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, “Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”.
The Lord expects us to stop and think about the things we are doing to make sure that they are rational and worthwhile.