At first glance, I am a “good” Christian girl who prays and reads her bible, who loves Jesus and others, volunteers, works hard, etc. And you wouldn’t think that I am recovering from an idol problem, but I am. It’s not like I worship a golden calf or the moon or anything like that but to me (and I am sure many others), an idol is anything that I put above God. And I know for a fact, that at one time or another, I have put having an ideal body weight, having a certain amount of money in my bank account and having a certain relationship status, before my relationship with the Lord and that is no bueno.
So how does this happen? It is really easy to do but not as easy to recognize. It starts out innocently enough like setting a goal (I do love me some goal setting) but can quickly spiral into idol territory when we start wanting and thinking about that goal more than God. I know many of us single ladies have put wanting to be in a relationship above wanting a relationship with God.
When we find ourselves in idol territory, we need to repent and ask for forgiveness but also to ask for help to be more aware of our idolatrous patterns in the future so that we do not keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Everything in life should take a backseat to our relationship with the Lord and following His will.
Think about it….Is there something or someone in your life that you put above God? Without even meaning to? I want to encourage you to ask Him to show you those things in your life that might be bordering on idol territory and ask Him to deliver you from them.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24.