In my previous post, I wrote on how I let go of my ex that I had idolized. Days ago, I was going through my quiet time jotter and I’ll like to share with you one of my quiet times that talks about idolatry. I’m going to type it exactly as it is written in my jotter. I hope that it will inspire you to let go of every idol, and inspire you to put God first in your life and keep Him at the centre of your life.
Quiet Time 7th November, 2016
Deuteronomy 4:6 – “Obey them faithfully,…” (GNB)
Do not sin by making for yourself an idol in any form at all – whether man or woman, animal or bird, reptile or fish (Deuteronomy 4:16-18)
Do not worship and serve what you see in the sky – the sun, the moon, and the stars (Deuteronomy 4:19)
Do not make any kind of idol for yourself, because God is like a flaming fire; he tolerates no rivals (Deuteronomy 4:23-24)
An idol could be anything that takes the place of God in our lives; anything that we depend on more than God; anything that takes our attention more than God; anything that we focus on more than God.
An idol could be your phone, internet, social media, a friend, spouse, marriage, relationship, money, job, fame, status, wealth, beauty, etc.
Your phone becomes an idol when you spend time pressing your phone rather than spend time with God.
When you cannot stay a day without your phone, internet or social media, but you can go days without spending time with God, then they have become an idol.
When you desire to have a friend, be in a relationship, get married, have money, a job, fame, wealth, beauty, children, etc. more than you desire to know God and get closer to Him, then those things have become an idol.
When you depend on them more than you depend on God, when you feel you can’t survive without them, then they have become an idol.
When it feels like you can’t survive, like you will die or like your life is worthless without food, a friend, your spouse, relationship, money, job, fame, wealth, beauty, children, etc. then they have become an idol.
Having all these is good, but we should not depend on them more than we depend on God. We should focus on God and give Him our full attention.
Making idols for yourself in any form is evil in the Lord’s sight, and it makes Him angry (Deuteronomy 4:25)
When we commit idolatry (in any form) God may allow troubles to come to us, so that we will turn to Him and obey Him (Deuteronomy 4:30)
If you search for the Lord with all your heart, you will find Him. (Deuteronomy 4:29)
God is a merciful God. (Deuteronomy 4:31)
The Lord is God in heaven and on earth. There is no other god. (Deuteronomy 4:39)
Obey God and all will go well with you and your descendants. (Deuteronomy 4:40)
- Ask God for the grace to obey Him faithfully
- Ask God to forgive you of the sin of idolatry in any form. Ask Him to forgive you for making idols of other forms
- Ask God to give you the grace not to make for yourself an idol in any form at all
- Ask God to take the first place in your life – in your future marriage/relationship, friendships, career, etc.
- Ask God to give you the grace to give Him the first place in your life at all times – in your friendships, relationship, marriage, family, career, etc.
- Surrender your life to God – your heart, desires, dreams, plans, goals, will, etc.
- What does it mean to focus on God?
- How can I focus on God?
- How can I put God first in my life – in my relationship, marriage, family, career, etc.?
- How can I ensure that God is the centre of my life?
When you can’t spend a day without God’s presence, without talking or hearing from Him (without communicating with Him)
When you long for God – when you have a deep longing and desire for God; to spend time with Him
Just like when you’re in love with a person, even when you’re not with them and you’re engaged in other activities, you will still be thinking about them and looking forward to when you will see them or communicate with them.
The same applies to our relationship with God. When you give God the first place in your life, even when you’re going about your other activities, you will still be thinking about God and the things of the Lord and you will be longing to dwell in His presence, hear from Him and speak to Him
Desire to know God more than anything else.
Your passion for God should be greater than your passion for anything else
Long for God, long to spend time with God and dwell in His presence more than anything else
- What does it mean to long for God?
- How can you long for God more than anything else?
- How can you put God first in your life amidst desiring to get married, pleasing your spouse, pursuing your career, pursuing your academics and goals?