A friend of mine has defined an idol as anything that we would be unwilling to give up for the Lord. In more classic terms and idol is something that we worship or trust in rather than God. So the question for you and me is do we have any idols in our lives today? Idols can be people or material things or positions or reputations or anything that takes first place in our lives away from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Hear God’s Word to the people of Israel who were, amazingly, trusting in idols: “When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you! The wind will carry them all off,
a breath will take them away.” (57:13a) How much more of a direct challenge could God give than to say ok, you want to trust in idols instead of me, then let them take care of you in a time of trouble. We all know how that will turn out don’t we? But yet we are still prone to let other things or people become the objects of our real worship besides God. We are still prone to being breakers of the very first commandment: ““You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)
Seek the Lord with all your heart. Love him with all your heart, soul, strength and mind. Give glory to him above everything or everyone else in your life. Don’t let others take his place in your heart.
Prayer: Father, help us to learn from the instruction of your Word to the people of Israel. Help us not to follow their example and turn our hearts away from you to idols of our own making. Help us to love you and you alone as the source of all we need. Let our worship be pure before you.