READ: 2 KINGS 17:33
God tells us to put ‘no other gods before him.’ We don’t have wooden carvings in our home. We don’t have ‘gods,’ do we? To answer that, look at what you ‘do’ with your time. Examine what controls and motivates you. Will you ‘do’ anything to keep a boyfriend or girlfriend? Do you live in fear of losing your job, so that you are constantly serving it beyond what is reasonable? Does debt control your life? Or, does the need to be accepted and included consume
your thoughts and actions? Many Christians worship God on Sundays and then spent the rest of the week serving other gods. Richard Keyes says, “An idol is anything other than God that we set our hearts on, that motivates us, that rules us, or that we trust, fear or serve.” An idol can be a perfectly good thing that we have become ‘over-attached’ to. We can make idols out of our work, money, people, food, drugs, ourselves, our hobbies, and our bodies, seeking comfort, love, and security from them, instead of God. Ask the Holy
Spirit to help you identify the idols you serve so you can make room for God to live unrivaled in your heart.
– Dr. Tim Thompson