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Meditation: How Many Idols Do You Have?
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In Habakkuk 2:18-20, the writer makes fun of idols. “Of what value is an idol since a man carved it? Or an image that teaches lies? For he who makes it trusts his own creation, he makes idols that cannot speak. Woe to him who says to wood ‘Come to life!’ or to lifeless stone, ‘Wake up!’ “

“Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver, there is no breathe in it. But the Lord is in His holy temple, let all the earth be silent before Him.”

Pretty easy for an intellectual bunch like us to poo-poo idols made of wood or stone and covered with shiny baubles. What about our 21st century idols?

How many idols do you have? Is your idol money? The works of your own hands? Shopping? Exercise? Food? Alcohol? Drugs, sex or rock and roll? Family? Religion? The list is endless.

An idol is anything that takes first place in my life before God. While it is easy for me to laugh at the wood and stone idols of Biblical time if I am honest with myself, all to often there are things I could easily put before God.

In Mark 12 we are admonished to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”

Romans 11:36 tells us that all of those things we worship instead of God came from God. “All things come from God, through God, and return to God. Praise Him forever!”

Throughout Biblical history the biggest affront to God was the worship of idols. It is so offensive that in Exodus 20 it was the first commandment given to the people of Israel. “God spoke all these words, saying, ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.’”

I suspect God gives it just as much importance today. If we put anything ahead of God, it is an idol. How many idols do you have?


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