Today you should read: Deuteronomy 12
These should be familiar words to us:
“You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” Exodus 20:3-6 ESV
This is the start to God’s “big 10”, and this is exactly what Deuteronomy 12 is about. It’s about proper worship. It’s not just about God being worshipped but how God wants to be worshipped. There’s order. There’s purpose. There’s a plan. There’s even a place. Worship is a big deal; it is, in fact, one of the major themes of the Bible, and it is what life itself is about.
The Lord addresses idolatry sternly in this chapter. I want us to turn our application to this important spiritual issue. The Lord does not want to share your heart with anything else. No carved image can meet your deepest spiritual need like He can. Yet, for all of us, we allow things/people/status/time/resources to take over our hearts and take the place of God in our lives. Those “good things that become “god things” must be dealt with so that God can take first place again (Colossians 1).
Are you struggling with idolatry? Heed the words of Deuteronomy 12 and rid yourself of the fleeting “treasures” this world offers. Grab hold of Jesus, the eternal treasure who can quench all of your longing thirsts.
What did the Lord teach you through this passage? How are you going to apply these sound words to your life? And if you’d be so honest, what idols are fighting for the place of God in your life? Leave comments and prayer requests below. Let’s fight idolatry in community.
Posted by:Todd Thomas