One of the constant Biblical commands is that we should not worship idols. That’s something that we hear over and again in scripture. Don’t worship idols. Don’t bow down to them. Worship God only. Don’t worship or serve idols.
And problem, we think, man, that’s the easiest of the 10 Commandments to follow. I’ve never worshiped a false God. We don’t have a family idol. There aren’t any idols in ours home.
Sweet. I’m good.
But here’s the thing about that. Idolatry is not what we make it. It’s not about just worshiping an “idol” but, it’s about placing our hope, our security, our lives around something.
The thing that we worship is the thing that we build our lives around.
So, to ask ourselves if we are tempted by idolatry, we don’t need to walk around our home, looking for false idols. We need to ask ourselves, what do we build our lives around? Where is our hope?
Is it in God? Or something else.
Listen to what it says in Psalm 115: 1-4:
Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!
Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
Our God is in the heavens;
he does all that he pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
The work of human hands. We may not have “false gods” made of human hands in our lives, but so many of the things in life that we turn to for home and security, they are things that we have made, things that we have earned, things that we can attain.
They are human in origin.
They are not God. They are made by human hands. And the will fail us.
Tim Keller said – An idol is anything that you turn to and say, “Save me.”
So today, in your life, where do you find your worth and your hope. Don’t give me the “Christian” answer, you know, the one you have to give; are supposed to give.
Where does your life say that you find your hope and your worth? If your hope and worth is in anything of this world, that thing will fail you.
If your hope and worth is in the True God of Heaven, then you have nothing to fear.
Today, what are the idols in our lives that we need to get rid up?
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