“I” is for “Idol”

I was struggling with what to write for the letter “I”.  I actually started a couple of entries and felt like that wasn’t what God wanted me to write.  Then as I was doing my Bible study this morning, I knew that He had saved that one just for me.

You should have no idols before me.   Exodus 20:3.

Idols.  I always think of those as “golden calves” or a statue of Buddha or something someone bows down and worships and believes there is almighty power coming from a tangible, concrete or wooden thing.

But God really spoke to me and showed me that IDOL means anything you put before Him.  Anything that distracts you from God as your First Love.  If we think about our children more than God, they can become our IDOL.  If we think about our jobs more than God, it can become our IDOL.  If we worry about how to fix a problem more than we ask God how to fix that problem, it can become our IDOL.

Anything that we put first before God is an IDOL.  I realize that there are things that I have put first and I didn’t realize it.  I try to fix things instead of letting God work things out and fix them His way.  Sometimes I rely on THINGS more than on God.

“I’m sorry, Lord, for the things and the people who I have made my first love when it should be all about You.  No more IDOLS.  I’m sure I’ll be coming back to you very frequently asking forgiveness as I try to stay true to You as my First Love. Keep me focused on You.  I want to have no other gods, or IDOLS, before you.  But I need a little help…………from YOU.  Thank YOU.”

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