Their idols 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;
Noses they have, but they do not smell;
They have hands, but they do not handle;
Feet they have, but they do not walk;
Nor do they mutter through their throat.
Those who make them are like them;
So is everyone who trusts in them.
LORD Jesus we praise You for You are God alone. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we are placing things and people before You. Enable us to love You more and more with each day. Help us to see when and where we do go wrong in worshiping foreign gods. Give us the courage and the strength to stand firm in our faith and love for our LORD and Savior, and direct our steps in pointing others to You. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.
It is quite easy to spot faults—including the worshiping of idols—in the life of another Christian, is it not? How much, do we ourselves, though, allow anything or anyone else to become false gods in our life? What or who demands our best hours of our days? Is there anything or anyone in our life that claims more of our attention and space than what we ought to give to that person or thing? Is the true God still in first place? Or are we, or anything or anyone else pushing Him aside so to make way for self and others?
The LORD says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:3)
True, God Almighty, King of kings, and LORD of lords is a loving God. He is, however, also a jealous God (Exodus 20:5) and He wants our whole heart. Half-hearted worship does not count: You cannot serve two masters! You will, eventually, have to decide and let go of one or the other. (Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:13)
Let’s be honest and ask ourselves: Is there anything or anyone in our life that we have allowed to become or even have made into a god?
What could the false god/s look like in our life? How do we recognize it/them? How are we to put away the god/s and serve the LORD our God only? That will be our topic in Thursday’s blog post.
Read and pray Psalm 51 today.