Read: Exodus 20:1-6
Nowadays, the word ‘idol’ has been separated from the word ‘idolatry.’ Even in the church, people tend to think that ‘idol’ always means images of golden calves and other things that the heathen worship. But the word ‘idol’ actually means much more. An ‘idol’ is anything that occupies a higher place above the true God in a person’s life.
Today’s culture has many idols. There are music stars, beauty queens, film actors, pop icons, sports heroes, celebrities, etc. all vying for our interest and loyalty. In return for their work, we give them our focus and attention. Many a time, we give more importance for such things rather than on God and His precepts.
For some people, their spouses, children, parents, houses, money, cars, possessions, etc. can all become idols for them. How do you know whether any of these has become an idol for you? Does your heart throb for any of these any more than it throbs for God? Do you love any of these more than God? How much time do you spend for these more than God? If your answer is affirmative, then you have an idol in your life. Simply put, an idol is anything that we value more than the Lord. Such things can become small gods in our life. Ex. 20:3 explicitly says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
When something pulls our eyes away from the Lord, then we start to lose focus and our lives will lack real purpose and aim. If you have identified what idols are keeping your eyes off the Lord, ask God forgiveness for the times you have allowed the idols to take precedence in your life. Keep God as the number one in your life. Let the relationship with Him have precedence over anything and anyone in your life. Ask Him for wisdom to enjoy His blessings without being blinded by the temptations that distract you from Him.