Today you should read: 2 Kings 21
Why is idol worship more attractive or desirable than following God? As I read through the book of 2 Kings, I see king after king choose idols over God. Why? It doesn’t make any sense. These gods cause the people to sacrifice way more. Most require virgin or child sacrifice. God just asks for Israel to trust Him and make Him number one. It seems like a no-brainer trade off. So once again I ask: why would anyone in their right mind trade a relationship with God for idols?
1. Empty promises
The different idol gods promised things like fertility, rain for the crops, health, wealth and prosperity. It was a means to an end. In other words idol worship is really just self-worship. The idols were created by the people to serve the wants and desires of the people.
It is no different for us today. We may not offer child sacrifices to a fertility god but we do sacrifice money and time to idols like success, popularity, fame. Sometimes the children themselves become the idols. Anything can become an idol because idol worship is just self-worship. If something can offer a promise to get me what I want, then I can make it an idol. For instance, if I desire comfort then I might make an idol out of money in order to buy comfort. However, idols may promise everything but they will actually take everything.
2. Consequences of idol worship
The biggest consequence is the separation from God himself. God is the one who truly deserves our worship and is the true sustainer of our lives. Yet when we trade in a healthy relationship with God for an idol, God gives us over to it. Unfortunately, that is very bad news for us.
Mannasseh learned that God’s wrath will come on those who turn from Him and serve other gods (v.10-18). James says it clearly when he writes:
You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)
Mannasseh was not only sinning himself but causing the whole nation of Judah to sin as well. When we partake in our idols those around us will be impacted.
Question to Ponder:
What idols are you tempted to follow and are you currently following them? What do you need to put off and replace with the gospel?
Be encouraged by James 4:6 today:
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Posted by: Chad Wiles