“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.”
I daresay we have more idols in our culture today than the nations who opposed the Israelites. Consider our preoccupation with stuff. Everything we have must be the newest model or the latest fashion. We are obsessed with having everything our neighbor has, even if it means going into serious debt. We want so much new stuff we have no place to put the old stuff. And then there are the things we want to do – all sorts of leisure activities. We also tend to “worship” celebrities rather than God.
Idolatry is all about putting ourselves first, in direct opposition to the teachings of The Bible.
- When we put ourselves first, we are saying that we are more important than God. (Luke 10:27, Deuteronomy 10:12)
- When we put ourselves first, we are not caring for others. (Matthew 20:26-27)
- When we put ourselves first, we are not trusting God to take care of us. (Matthew 6:27-29)
God has planned His best for us. Our plans can only be second best. When I realize I have given up God’s best, in pursuit of my own plans, I am ashamed. I want to repent and find my way back into a right relationship with Him.
Set aside all the stuff this world offers and reach for the only stuff that matters – the riches provided by our gracious Lord, Jesus Christ. He promises to care for us!
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Blessings on your day.
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