Through scripture, we can see that an idol is anything that becomes the purpose or driving force of your life. God knew how easy it would be for us to put our hope and focus on things we can see, taste, hear, and touch. We see in Exodus 20:1-5 the importance He places in keeping our focus on Him and not allowing ourselves to make anything an idol. He knows that when we put our hope and focus on things that don’t last, it will leave us feeling empty and broken. Take time out today to surrender any idols that you may have set up as more important than Him and allow Him to be Lord of your whole life.
Idol worship is just as prevalent in the church today as it was in ancient Israel. The problem is that it’s easier to see when it’s sitting on your hearth as opposed to hiding in your heart. Search your heart and ask, “What has my attention today?” Is the situation, person, or item that is captivating your attention helping you to see and worship the Lord? Read over Romans 1:25, and if there is anything in your heart that you are allowing to keep you from looking to the truth of who God is, let it go. Surrender it to God in prayer and ask Him to help you remember truth and trust that can only be found in Him.
In the history of ancient Israel, families would have their own family gods, along with the gods of that region. In the book of Genesis, Abram is called by God to leave his father and his family gods. As God’s people, we are also called to leave behind our idols to follow the one true God. But first we must identify what they are. As you read over Genesis 12:1-9 and then ask yourself these questions: What do you complain about the most? Where do you make financial sacrifices? Where do you go when you’re hurting? Take the answers to these questions to the Lord in prayer today and let Him help you crush your idols.
Another part of crushing your idols is acknowledging the powerlessness of those idols. Even Abram ’s family knew that they were powerless, yet kept worshipping them. When we allow the lies of idols to cover up the truth of God, we miss out on living the abundant life that God wants for us to find in Him. Make time today to read over John 14:6-10 and write down some lies that you have believed about yourself or others lately. Search out some scriptures of truth that break down those lies and pray through them as you cross out the lies that you have written down. Walk in truth, knowing that God is bigger than the lies!
The last step in crushing your idols is replacing them. We all fail all the time, but we always have a way forward through repentance, acceptance of God’s loving grace, and taking a step in a wiser direction. As you read over 2 Corinthians 5:17, write down the idols that have been keeping you from focusing on God Next to each item on your list, write down something better to replace it. Reach out to a trusted friend or mentor and share your list with them. Ask them to help you stay on track with these replacements and then take time out to pray together.
TALK IT OVER
- What is your favorite praise & worship song?
- What is your favorite sports team to cheer for?
- What do you dream of doing in the near future?
- When you hear the word “idol,” what kind of images or words come to mind?
- What disappoints you?
- What do you complain about the most?
- Where do you go when you’re hurting?
- Read over Exodus 20:1-5. Why do you think God gave this command?
- What are some things in your life that have become idols?
- What scriptures can help you acknowledged the powerlessness of those idols?
- What can you replace those idols with?
- Read over John 14:6-10. How do you see God working in you?