Today you should read: Ezekiel 20
“As for you, O house of Israel, thus says the Lord God: Go serve every one of you his idols, now and hereafter, if you will not listen to me; but my holy name you shall no more profane with your gifts and yours idols.” (v.39)
This verse stuck out to me because I think it points to the purity of our worship. God does not want our gifts and has no need for our empty words of praise. God is clear here that he wants all or nothing when it comes to our worship. So why is it such a big deal? Why does it matter if we put our kids above the Lord? Isn’t it a good thing to really love your spouse? Shouldn’t we strive to be successful in life? Is it really that big of a deal if I take my sports team really seriously? Why is God so hard on us that we are not allowed to put anything above him?
The issue really comes down to glory and who gets it. Idols are meant to serve us and our needs. Therefore, we seek glory for ourselves through our idols. For instance, if our team wins the championship we say “We won!” News flash if you are not playing you did not win, the athletes did. Yet, we identify ourselves with our idols so when they win we take pride in that. If you idolize your children how do you react when your kid messes up or fails at something? You may take it very hard and feel ashamed of your child. There is nothing wrong with rooting for your sports team or challenging your children to work hard. However, when you find your worth in your idol and seek glory from it you suck the life out of the idol and you steal the glory from God. If you struggle to find peace, joy and contentment it is probably because you are trying to take the place of God in your own life. The problem is you are not the creator, you are not sovereign, you are not good and you are not eternal. That means you make a lousy God.
God has designed us to worship him. When we place our worship on created things and not the creator himself it destroys us. When we place our worship in God and find our joy in him then we find true peace.
Posted by: Chad Wiles