Who’s On The Throne?
FROM THE UPCOMING BOOK: THE WORSHIP PROBLEM
Why do we have problems with idolatry?
The lack of God infiltrating life or invading our space is essentially why most of us have problems with idolatry. When God is seen as an appendage rather than the Person that should consume our lives, we will always struggle with keeping Him first. It’s not rocket science to understand that when God gave the great leader Moses the Ten Commandments, the first ones deal with the subject of idolatry. In fact, he literally spells out what he means in the 2nd command because he wanted them to comprehend the depth of meaning.
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”(Exodus 20:4)
God understood that if the Israelites could live out the first two commandments, then the rest of them would be a piece of cake. Please notice the seriousness of idolatry. God was very specific and even harsh when it came to putting things before Him. He used a very strong word to express His emotion, jealous. Yet how easy is it for us to exalt things in the place of God! It should almost strike fear in us to see how much we allow what we want to assume God’s place on the throne of our hearts. Jesus expressed these same commands again in the New Testament because a vital relationship with God is paramount to our success as Christians. What should we give in exchange for a relationship with the Savior? Is there a scale or measure of which we could gage how much a relationship of this magnitude can be valued? Can all of the resources in the world combined equate? There is really no amount that we could offer.
As my brother John said so eloquently, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:21)