“They worshiped worthless idols until they became worthless themselves.” 2 Kings 17
We want people to believe happy lies about us or just see us as we see ourselves. Of course, that is sin.
I grew up in a few different Christian communities and attended a number of Christian schools. It was a mixed experience for me. The education from a Christian world-view was beyond enriching and I will always be grateful for that. But there was a downside. The spiritual environment was such that most everyone policed one another. Most of the acting was done off-stage. Appearance, both physical and spiritual was, and remains to this day, the popular idol.
God is sovereign which means that God is in charge. He can choose to intervene at any time. In spite of this, we live as if our lives belong to us: our bodies, our children, our spouse, our dwelling place, our church, our children’s school, and even our country. And, we’re fixated on the things we want. (Thinness, perfect health, happy marriage, well-behaved children, a clean and well-decorated house, a well-respected reputation, a giant degree from an Ivy League school…)
What I’m learning is that God sometimes withholds our idols to grow a kind of humility in us. We realize that there are some things we can’t control. That’s been a tough one to learn. A few years ago, my own body revolted against me. For around 18 months, every time I had blood work done, the lab found something bad. I did all of the right things to take care of myself but my body was not having any of it. I wanted to be a glowing model of radiant health to prove to the world that I really was being diligent! Pride anyone?
The other reality is that we can’t control what other people think about us. So, I ask myself, what lies do I value? What image do I want other people to see when they look at me? These are idols. I will always work to be better, by the grace of God, but until Heaven, I will always fall short. My idols are worthless and if I spend my life pursuing them, my God-given purpose on this earth will be wasted. I want to be consumed with the things that comprised Jesus’ passion.
Heavenly Father, even Job grieved how he was perceived by others but he always kept his eyes on You. I give You my worthless idols. I don’t want my pursuits to be worthless in Your kingdom. Change my heart and my mind so that I follow You, only! In Jesus Name, Amen
Ask God to show you any worthless idols in your life.
What are they?
Find and write out specific scriptures that fight those idols and meditate.