The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
The work of men's hands.
They have mouths, but they do not speak;
Eyes they have, but they do not see;
They have ears, but they do not hear;
Nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them are like them;
So is everyone who trusts in them. – Psalm 135.15-18
All around us we see ‘the work of men’s hands.’ The things that man makes are so obvious that we can easily forget or take for granted the things that God made. Everyone chases after the man-made things and seems pretty content to deal with the God things somewhere down the road.
Like the idols of silver and gold and stone and wood that were in the images of false gods they promise much, but they deliver little. Everyone who trusts in these false gods is going to find themselves sadly lacking.
That is why we are told to not look on the physical, man-made visible things of this world because they are only temporary. They are not going to last. They are not going to endure.
But it is the sometimes invisible things of God’s work that should draw us. They are eternal and their benefit last forever.
The things of this world, the man made things, should grow strangely dim in the light of God’s glory and grace.