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Idols

Weekly Devotionals

Idols

2 Why do the nations say,
    “Where is their God?”
Our God is in heaven;
    he does whatever pleases him.
But their idols are silver and gold,
    made by human hands.
They have mouths, but cannot speak,
    eyes, but cannot see.
They have ears, but cannot hear,
    noses, but cannot smell.
They have hands, but cannot feel,
    feet, but cannot walk,
    nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
Those who make them will be like them,
    and so will all who trust in them.

Psalms 115:2-8 

Another grueling semester has passed; balancing work, school, church and social life is hard work! I’m looking forward to a couple of weeks of downtime before the next semester starts. Sometimes, it feels as if there just isn’t enough time. William Penn once wrote, “Time is what we want most, but what we use the worst”. The irony is that even when I have free time, I crave even more of it. How wonderful is a day with minimum obligations, no hectic schedule, with nothing you have to do? It’s easy for me to obsess over having just a little bit more time. Last week, I stepped back and asked, “is time becoming an “idol” for me?”

Tim Keller explains idolatry as, ““anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.”

What are the things in your life that absorbs your heart more than God? For many it often comes disguised in the good things in life; family, work, career, church and our passions. What takes away from you worship time with God? For me, in this season, it seems like time to myself.

The Bible warns us against idolatry. Israel had a huge problem with worshiping things other than God. Often forgetting about the one true God they would instead turn to other man made idols. The Bible warns that eventually we become like the very idols that we worship; blind, deaf and mute. In doing so, we lose our ability to see with faith the “More Than Meets the Eye” of God’s kingdom discussed in last week’s sermon.

How are we to break free from the idols of our heart? The good news is always good isn’t it? Jesus has come and made a way for our hearts to be renewed again in him. But it is up to us to dedicate time to Jesus. Tim Keller says, “Jesus must become more beautiful to your imagination and more attractive to your heart then your idols. That is what will replace your counterfeit god.” Whether through reflecting on the gospel or prayer, the more time we spend in the lord’s presence, the more we will seek and enjoy it.