Let’s Talk Idols

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

If someone asked us if there were any idols; anything we put before God, in our lives I assume our answer would probably be, “Of course not. God comes first in everything I do.”

If they asked us if there was anything we wanted more than God, again we would probably say, “no”.

If they asked us to name the things that consume our time, that we can’t keep from thinking about, that we put before God-time, how would we reply?

What about if they asked where we spent our money? What would that say about what we valued?

When we think about idols, we think of those hand-crafted things way back in Bible times people worshiped as gods.

You know.

Idols like the Golden Calf. ( Exodus 32) Dagon. (1 Samuel 5) Baal. (1 Kings 18) Asherah. (2 Kings 17)  Artemis. (Acts 19) All those really terrible idols.

We don’t think of the things in our lives that we put before our love of God as idols, do we?

Nothing and no one can compare to the Lord who is the Creator. Things created by human hands will eventually break, fall apart, decay, and leave us wanting something more. But not God. He will never leave. He will never fall apart. He can fulfill our greatest need.

In the song, “Clear the Stage” Jeremy Needham points out that unless our heart motivation is what it should be, even good things can become idols in our lives if we aren’t careful.

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The whole human race is foolish and has no knowledge! The craftsmen are disgraced by the idols they make, for their carefully shaped works are a fraud. These idols have no breath or power. Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies! On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed. But the God of Israel is no idol! He is the Creator of everything that exists, including his people, his own special possession. The LORD

I wish you well.


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