In whom do you trust? Maker: God is the one who founded the earth by is power and wisdom and understanding. His role as supreme Creator exemplifies his authority and power. And God is your Portion. He is your fulfillment. He is worthy of your trust!
15 “He made the earth by his power;
he founded the world by his wisdom
and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
16 When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar;
he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth.
He sends lightning with the rain
and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
17 “Everyone is senseless and without knowledge;
every goldsmith is shamed by his idols.
The images he makes are a fraud;
they have no breath in them.
18 They are worthless, the objects of mockery;
when their judgment comes, they will perish.
19 He who is the Portion of Jacob is not like these,
for he is the Maker of all things,
including the people of his inheritance—
the Lord Almighty is his name.
The Lord predicts, in Jeremiah 51, the downfall of Babylon. Babylon had been the instrument used to humble Israel, yet God will restore his people and will bring evil Babylon down. Sometimes the evil get puffed up by their success. They believe that because they are experiencing small victories that they are winning the entire war.
An instrument. That’s what Babylon was. We see this pattern in Scripture: God uses those who have no loyalty to him for his purposes. Pharaoh, Babylon, King Cyrus, and even Satan have all been used for God’s purposes even though they did not desire to serve him.
We can serve someone we don’t desire to serve. It works this way with the example of God using evil, and it works this way when the followers of God get too close to evil. The sin we dabble in will give momentum to the forces of evil and be used against us. It is difficult to see all of this because we live in the physical world, while the spiritual battlefield hosts the war…
We also see here that God is not like the gods of the nations. He is not like the idols fashioned for pagan worship. The difference starts with his power as Maker: God is the one who founded the earth by is power and wisdom and understanding. The Maker is the one who has Israel’s best at heart. He has your best at heart.
And although forces of evil would desire to destroy you forever and keep you from following him, God is your Portion. He is your fulfillment. The judgment will come for the idols. And after all is said and done, God will protect and provide for you.
In whom do you trust? The question begged by God’s revelation of his ways here is, in whom will you trust? Trust in God who is your Portion…