How have you been spending your time lately? What has been your driving force to get through each day? What are your goals? Hopefully spending time with Jesus is the answer to these questions. If your compass is off of God, you may be going down a path that leads you to idol worshipping. Don’t feel bad, it’s part of the process of learning about God’s grace. Hopefully you will evaluate your life to identify if you have any modern day idols and then recalibrate your life so that the focus is put back on God.
Psalm 135:15-18 (NLT)
“15The idols of the nations are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.16 They have mouths but cannot speak, and eyes but cannot see. 17 They have ears but cannot hear, and noses but cannot smell.18Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.”
I don’t know about you, but verse 18 feels like a sucker punch. We may think of idols as ancient figurines that are made of precious metals or rare stones, but it may come as a surprise to you that an idol may not be a “thing” at all. It very well could be a goal, an idea, a person, or even worse, an idea of a person or group of people that you fictionalize in your mind. I could be a job, a relationship, a dream, or a lifestyle that we chase after. We need to cast these desires on Jesus so that we will be able to align ourselves with God. In these idols we are placing too much worth or we are spending too much time focusing on them and these acts are endangering our soul and relationship with our King.
Idols are extremely appealing, which is exactly how the enemy uses them to take our focus away from God. On our way to growing into the empty promises of our idols, we start to become empty within ourselves (hence verse 18 again). We lose ourselves and become merely a human shell because we make it our purpose to imitate our shallow idols.
From my experience, there are 2 courses of action that can be used to combat the ever-expanding void within us. Option 1- we pursue the idol even more, stooping low enough to call ourselves “driven” or “committed” to something that does not reflect God’s love. Or, option 2- we realize how our feelings of discontent or lack of purpose are a result from the distance we have placed between God and ourselves. Hopefully, this leads to destroying the idol and allowing God to save us from our entrapment, which sets us free to mend and reconcile our relationship with Him.
Please, spend time cogitating on your life. Evaluate what you build your life around. Is God your top priority and desire? I urge you not to be mute (i.e. verse 16). You have a mouth, so speak out! Praise God for what He has done for you. Then go! Tell others about what He has done for you. Open your eyes! Look at how God has blessed you. Don’t be ignorant of what surrounds you. Use your ears to listen (i.e. verse 17). How is God using music, conversations, or sermons to reach you? Real quick, just take a deep breath. Realize that God is everywhere, including in the air you breathe. Appreciate that you are alive, and now go. Start living. Don’t be like the idols that are now a part of your past. Be like Jesus and spread God’s love. If you don’t know about His love, ask God to reveal it to you and explore your Bible. Ask God to lead you, because he will be delighted by your desire and willingness to be closer to and to know Him.