• 1 Chronicle 16
• Psalm 106
• Matthew 19
Not all idols look unfaithful to the world, but all idols will cause a stumbling block in faith.
They worshiped their idols which led to their downfall.
In Psalm, their idols were pagan and they even sacrificed their children.
Vs 37 goes on to say “They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons. 38 They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters. By sacrificing to the idols of Canaan, they polluted the man’s with murder”
Very recognizable as a major idol! We read this and we are disgusted and filled with horror. What an awful idol! Why would anybody consider going forward with this?
However, this is still happening even today here in America. Let me explain, and just consider my point of view.
As a nation, worship the idol of convenience, ideal families and perfect timing and there is blood shed. Innocent blood is shed daily as our society accepts the freedom to choose abortion. Babies, our sons and daughters, are sacrificed. I am not saying this to condemn anybody, but to show you there are many kinds of idols.
To many, abortion seems to be a horrendous sin, worse than any other kind. But to God, sin is sin. An idol is an idol.
Read on to see another idol, may I suggest that God views it to be just as ugly, but it is much more commonly embraced and even encouraged in some of society’s churches.
Jesus told him, “if you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven. Then come, follow me.
But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
In Matthew, the young man seems to choose his wealth over following Jesus. He is sad for he had many possessions. Worshiping the idol of wealth and possessions is the same in the eyes of our God who tells us to put Him first. Wealth is worshipped in America on many levels. We worship a little g god of perusing our dreams, getting the bigger house and the next promotion. Why is that accepted?
So, I share these two instances and encourage you to read these chapters in context for yourself.
The point of today is to be still and ask God, what idols do I have? What am I putting before you?
It may not be obvious to us. Not all sin is blatantly evil to our own eyes, but God will show our hearts where we need to change.
Reveal my idols and give me strength to remove them and keep you as my One True God.
Help me to recognize a prideful heart and any other type of idol that I may fall into the trap of.
Help me to put you first, help me to purify my heart.
In Jesus name,