Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
Since recently, I have fallen back into the hustle and bustles of life, which had begun to take precedence over my relationship and time with the Lord. In essence, I began to place other things before Him. An ‘idol’ is described by the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as being an object of extreme devotion. Many of us, inclusive of myself in ignorance, may claim to have no other god or idol taking the place of Jesus in our lives, but if we really are honest with ourselves, the truth maybe quite the opposite.
- It may be very possible for important relationships be it family, friends or intimate ones to become idolatrous.
- It may also be possible for reasonable things such as work and what we do in our free time/social lives to become idolatrous as well.
- Finally, it may very be our addictions, weaknesses and habits that point to the place where our idols reside.
In all honesty, I have struggled gravely in this area. I have a very passionate personality, which causes me to become easily addicted or committed to the tasks at hand. As such, my past idols have ranged from a life of partying, to sexual addictions, to playing video games, to my job and overall, myself. I have made my needs, my desires and ambitions to become the thing that I seek to satisfy the most whilst simultaneously neglecting my relationship with the Lord Jesus.
The sad truth is that these needs, desires and ambitions have been placed in me and in us all, to some extent, by Him. We all want to feel that sense of achievement, love, success and importance, and as such, those factors become our springboard into our idolatrous living. I imagine God’s confusion as He watches us run ahead of His guiding hand in pursuit of our own happiness and dreams which cannot be achieved without Him. We may have some semblance of the achievement, but without His peace, joy and fulfillment added, the attainment of these goals, lead to feelings of emptiness and frustrations.
I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
So, I prayed and humbled myself before God and asked Him to tear down every idol, addiction and unholy practice. I gave Him precedence over all things in my life and the lordship to decide how my days, decisions and needs should be prioritized and sought after. The results, have and will continue to be life-changing, both in this life and especially in the one to come. I pray that like so many have already done, that you will also decide TODAY; to give the Lord Jesus the reigns of your life and watch and see how He will take the good, the bad and the ugly and turn it into a life of honor, glory and splendor. I am praying for your victory! You will be victorious, in Jesus’s Name. Amen!