God is gracious to reveal idols to us. What is any idol? “A picture or object that is worshipped as a god,” anything that takes priority before God. It can be anything from food to work, your kids, entertainment, your hobbies (music, sports, hunting, fitness…), your new puppy (wait what?), politics, even serving, status or recognition. Maybe for you it’s money, success, things? Or contrarily it could be our struggles? Maybe it’s social media, electronics, gadgets, gizmos and more? Could it even be your friends?
For me, God shows me when something is creeping into idolatry when:
- It gets me all worked up
- It is my main topic of conversation
- It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up or keeps me up at night
- It lures me from my quiet time with the Lord
- I get all obsessed with it
When God shows us idols in our lives, our response should be:
Thankfulness – that He cares enough to show us when/if we have something that comes before Him because He desires an intimate, personal relationship with us – let that sink in… the Creator of the Universe wants a personal relationship with us! Wow.
Repentance – an urgency to tear down any idols and turn to God. Confess what has been taking His place and ask for forgiveness and for Him to work in your life and heart to tear that baby down.
Renewal – that He will again be your first love. Spend time in worship and adoration of our loving Father and His Precious Son. Hold that idol in the light of a Holy God and focus on what really matters in this life. Place your attention and your energy into your relationship with the Lord, replacing the energy and attention that was put on the idol.
Nothing on that list above is bad in and of itself, but only one thing can have first place. What (or who) do you want to have first place in your life?
Nothing satisfies like a personal relationship with God.
For further study:
1 John 5:20-21
2 Kings 17:15