Modern-day Idolatry

Read 1 Kings 11:1-13 for yourself. It’s the story of King Solomon committing idolatry.  As you read over it jot down a few things.  Where did Solomon go wrong?  What happened to him when God caught him in the act of idolatry?

What exactly is an idol? In my opinion, it can be just about anything. An idol is anything that takes the place that God alone deserves and demands. I used to think that it was a thing of the past until God reminded me one day that modern-day idolatry is in our midst. It has got to the stage where we can’t even recognise idol-worship because this rite has become our religion. We have a want to worship built inside of us; this is why we worship our idols religiously. This fascination shifts our focus off our Maker and on to the man-made.

Ask yourself?

What idols do you worship? Do you choose to follow the world rather than the Word?  Maybe it’d help if you made a list of your idol-worship before you bring them before the Throne.

Here’s how you can tell whether or not you’re guilty of idol-worship, be honest in answering these questions. Does a fascination fill your thoughts? Can you never seem to switch it off and forget about it? Are you excessively devoted to something? Even good things can get in the way of God. Adoration in excess is idolatry.  For example, I LOVE writing. Some days I roll out of bed and find myself sitting in front of the computer before I know it, typing away frantically.  I know it pleases God but what doesn’t please Him is my work getting in the way of spending some quality time with Him.  Sometimes the day is nearly out when I realise that although I wrote a few devotions I haven’t taken the time to do my own devotions!

So, what about you?  Is there anything that needs confessing?  Would you rather follow the world than the Word? If you turn to the world quicker than the Word sort yourself out! Is there anything in your life that is competing with Christ? Do you have to fight to find time to spend alone with God?  Also, if you said “no” to almost every one of the above the chances are you’re kidding yourself. From time to time we all commit idolatry against our God and it’s got to stop.

Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s gods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father” (1 John 2:15 MSG). I have to agree, when we become caught up in modern-day idolatry we end up loving God a little less as each day goes by. He alone is worthy of our worship, offering our time and attention to idols is a serious sin.  God deserves our undivided devotion; don’t give it to another god.

Take Solomon for example. Earlier on in his reign he was wise in worshipping God alone. But, time tells that things changed. Here’s how the Message puts it, “King Solomon was obsessed with women… He took them from the surrounding pagan nations of which God had clearly warned Israel, “You must not marry them; they’ll seduce you into infatuations with their gods.” Solomon fell in love with them anyway, refusing to give them up” (1 Kings 11:1-2 MSG). Little by little, Solomon became more and more obsessed. He ended up with seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines, which totalled one thousand women!  When you worship idols whatever you have is never enough, and it soon amounts to much!

The story doesn’t stop there. Solomon’s idols enticed him. He left his first Love. “As Solomon grew older, his wives beguiled him with their alien gods and he became unfaithful—he didn’t stay true to his God” (1 Kings 11:4 MSG). In the end he built shrines and openly sacrificed to Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech, the god of the Ammonites. From then on things didn’t go too good for Solomon; his kingdom was taken from him. Be careful not to fall into the same trap. Before you know it your idol will ensnare you. You don’t have to stray too far to slip away from your God. Stick close to God; don’t let Him out of your sight.

Think upon these things…

Don’t allow idols to entice you.  At the start you may think it’s just fun and games but in the end you’ll realise it’s a battle for your soul and spiritual life.

Heart-cry…

Almighty God You’re the only One who’s worthy of my worship!  Help me to be wise, I don’t want to fall for a trap that’ll entice me.  Guard me God…

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