Isaiah 44:10: “Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing?”
The question here is rhetorical, indicting the utter foolishness of such a scheme. “You would make a god? How could you be so deluded? Who would do such a stupid thing?” Who can be compared to the Lord? What hand-made god can stand before the fire of true almighty deity?
And, yet, we make gods for ourselves all the time. Metal boxes and plastic boxes, digital images and printed words. We are removed from some of the folly, because our little gods are made in far off countries by other people. They come to us in neat packages, ready for worship. So we’re consumerist idolaters. Worse, in many ways, than the ancient pagans. They, at least, had to labor for the gods of their hands. We hire someone to do it for us.