American or not, do not cling to idolatry

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.
(1 Corinthians 10:14 (NIV))

The dictionary defines idolatry as the worship of a physical object as a god.

Is there anything in your life that could qualify? Think about that for a moment. We can create our own little gods out of just about anything. Our houses. Our cars. Our jobs. Our recreational vehicles. Our toys of any shape and size. Any of these can become our god if we place them about the true God of this universe. All that has to happen is we become so attached to these things that we begin to believe that we cannot live without them. Perhaps we even begin to believe that they are the very reason that we live.

Is there anything in your life that has taken this place of unmerited worship? Could there be a fine line between washing that new car and having a fit because of a bird’s target practice?

Perhaps there is a human characteristic that simply is trying to fill a void. We long to have someone or something that we focus our existence upon. To some people, it is family. To others, it is God. To far too many of us, that focus is something that is man-made. It is fleeting and can offer nothing in return. The newest, fanciest car will soon grow old and rust. The biggest, most expensive house will soon become run-down. Nothing that we possess can grant us the fulfillment that we long for. Far too often, they soon possess us. We become bound to these idols and forget who truly is worthy of our worship and praise.

Faith is a choice. God does not force us to turn to Him. He allows us to walk down the path of our own making. He offers guidance and repentance, but He allows free will. That free will means that we have choices. We can choose to worship idols of our own creation or we can choose to worship the one who created us.

Have you allowed something to come between you and God? Has it become your idol?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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