In our culture we tend to take the idea of idols rather lightly.
We have talent shows designed to create idols, we make our own idols out of things we desire and society tells us what idols we should have courtesy of advertising.
God is not happy about all this idol worship. He considers this to be pretty serious stuff and wants for us to worship Him and Him alone.
Exodus 20:4-5 instructs us, “You shall not make for yourself an Idol in the form of anything in heaven above or in the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.”
Normally we think of jealousy as being bad – but in this case it is a righteous jealousy.
God created us in His image and for Himself. He does not want our divided attentions and affections. He wants us all – heart, mind and soul.
So just what are these Idols we are worshipping?
Anything that demands our attention and allegiance and serves as a distraction from keeping our hearts and minds focused on the Living God.
Here are but a few of the things that we worship:
We do not need to build Idols out of gold, stone or wood. We are capable of creating them in our mind and as a result in our hearts.
When we allow anything except The Lord to take up residence in our heart we become a house divided and God becomes a jealous lover.
Proverbs 4:23 cautions us, “Guard your heart always, for it is the wellspring of life.”
There will always be something that catches our attention and offers false hope of being able to fulfill our needs, meet our wants and desires or provide us with the very thing our hearts are yearning for.
Be careful – this is dangerous territory! The world will try to ensnare you with all its trappings.
God wants our devotion to be pure and unadulterated. He wants us to worship Him as the ONLY God.
Deuteronomy 32:20-22 talks about Gods jealousy and wrath for those who pursue worshipping of other Idols.
What things are you worshipping in place of the Lord God Jehovah AND are you prepared to invoke the wrath of a jealous God for something temporary?
Grace & Peace ~ Karen