Matthew 1; Exodus 20:1-21:36; Proverbs 9
As I read ancient history I continue to be amazed by people who would craft idols out of gold, silver, or even wood and then worship them. It just didn’t make sense to believe in a god that small. God reminded the Israelites that His people didn’t live that way. “You must have no other gods before me. Do not make an idol for yourself—no form whatsoever—of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth.” (Exodus 20:3-4) We live in such sophisticated times now that we, of course, have no idols. Well, there are some musicians that we love and follow closely, but they aren’t really idols of course. Neither are those TV and movie stars that we follow and hang on their every word. I know that you’re above that just like I am, but what about those Cowboys? (or Steelers, or Patriots, or…) What takes the place of God in our lives? Any of the above? Is it the pursuit of the dollar? Or power? We claim to have no idols but so many things in our lives fight to take precedence over the one true God. The call of God is clear on this issue: our lives should be so in tune with God that nothing should take precedence over Him. Life has those distractions that seem like fun, entertainment, good business or even helping others but in the end make God take second place. If we focus our lives on God, all those other issues will be taken care of in submission to God.
Lord, how easy it is to worship those things that are less than You. I don’t call it worship, of course, but my actions, my attitudes and my words show that it is. Help me to keep my focus on You and put all those distractions and temptations in submission to You. Tear down the idols in my life.