“You must not have any other god but me.” – Exodus 20:3
Have you ever seen kids who have a special comfort item that they could never part with? A stuffed animal. A pacifier. An old tattered pillow case. Maybe they have a blanket like Linus in the Charlie Brown Peanuts comic. It goes where they go. The child may choose to temporarily leave it to play with another toy, but most of the time it’s never out of their sight. What happens when the item is left at Grandma’s house? If the parent realizes it first, plans go into action immediately to retrieve it quickly. If the child realizes it first, pandemonium ensues. It’s extremely difficult to console a child whose item of comfort is missing!
Before we begin to think these reactions are limited to the toddler years, think back to the last time you left your phone, wallet, or purse at home. Sure, we will not wail and drop to the ground and cry, but there are things in our lives that bring our day to a halt if we do not have them in our possession. The Bible would call these idols. Idols aren’t just golden calves or bronze statues of the past. Idols still exist and could take a very real place in our life. Anything or anyone who receives our devotion can sneak into the place of God in our lives.
When we depend on someone or something to provide what only God can in our lives, we are setting up idols. What, or who, do we praise in front of others more than we do our God who has provided us salvation? Sports teams? Politicians? Our children? A car? A bank account? If we forget to spend time in God’s word and prayer one morning, do we have the same sense of panic as if we had left our phone at home? We can ask God to show us what or whom we have put in His place of honor and for the ability to restore Him to His rightful place in our lives! Ask and be ready to listen and obey. Make God your number one obsession and see how He becomes the most important thing in your life.