Idols of the Heart [Introduction]

“Anything I put before my God is an idol

Anything I want with all my heart is an idol

Anything I can’t stop thinking of is an idol

Anything that I give all my all my love is an idol”

Above are just a few of the lyrics to a song called “Clear the Stage”. If you haven’t heard it before, I suggest checking it out when you get the chance. The lyrics are challenging and go right along with this month’s theme: Idols of the Heart.

I’m gonna be honest, I’m really excited about some of the posts we’ll be bringing you this month! The subject of idols is one of great challenge to pretty much all of us. Just read the first line of the lyrics again… The song says that ANYTHING we place before God is an idol. We’ll be going deeper into this fact over the next couple of weeks so for now, I’m just gonna get those gears in your head turning.

Anything we place before God is an idol… How would we know if we were placing something in our lives before God? Well, perhaps you haven’t been doing your devotions the past couple of days or even weeks. You say it is because you “don’t have time”. You say that you quite busy right now and it’s hard to find that moment to spend with God. The thing is, it is estimated that the average person spends about 2 hours, 57 minutes on their phone per day. And this is just our phones. Add 45-60 minutes of television each day (And many watch for longer). And we’re already at 3 hours and 42 minutes of electronics per day! So really, by saying we don’t have 15-30 minutes of time anywhere in our day, we’re saying God isn’t important enough to us for us to make time. We have plenty of time to talk to our friends and watch our favorite shows, but we don’t have time for God? In this example, we’re placing electronics over God, and therefore, making electronics an idol.

See now why I think this month is going to be so challenging? We ALL have idols in our lives, it could be relationships, sports, technology. It doesn’t really matter what it is, if it takes priority over God, it is an idol.

So why are idols such a big deal? I mean, you just said that everyone has them, right? Well, let’s look at what the Bible has to say on the subject. Psalms 16:4 says,

“The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips.”

Recently, I watched a movie called “The Song”. It was a Christian movie based off the book “Song of Solomon”. The main character of the movie, Jed King, finds himself moving farther and farther from God; (along with his wife). Jed ends up doing drugs, smoking, drinking, chasing after a woman other than his wife, and many other things to try and feel satisfied, yet nothing works. This leads him into depression. This idea goes right along with the verse in Psalms. Jed runs after idols and all he receives back is sorrow, hurt and pain. God is what he needed most.

I hope that over the course of this next few days to a week as you wait for the next post, you examine yourself and find where your priorities are. Where is God on that list?

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