Most of us would identify idolatry as worshiping a statue, person or money. Which would totally be accurate, but what about the other things we love? What about the things we strive for? Career, Marriage even children? You see those things are not so easily detected as idols. I mean they are the norm, right?
Graduate college, start your career, get a car, buy a house, get married and have kids. Oh, wait don’t forget to put God in there somewhere (every Sunday should suffice- if you can’t do that at least hit the major holidays, you know Christmas and Easter) We strive for all these achievements over God but in Exodus 20:3 the first commandment tells us to have no other gods besides him.
What’s interesting to me after getting to know God a bit more is that, we chase these things when in fact if we sought God instead we would have them and more. Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be given to us. James 1:5 says if you lack (wisdom), ask of God, who gives liberally and it shall be given. Matthew 7:7, Matthew 21:22, James 1 :6 and John 14:13 all tell us to just ASK GOD, in faith!
I was reminded of this subtlety of idolatry in my own life. I realized the battle within me. The underlying issue is I idolize relationships. Although I pray that God takes over my heart- part of it still yearns for a relationship more than for God. Even when I go about doing Godly work, in the back of my mind I think, well, maybe I’ll meet my husband today. Maybe a cute Godly man will notice me now.” SMH!! See, I am not literally bowing down praying and worshiping to an object but emotionally/ mentally/ SPIRITUALLY I am placing something before God.
Each relationship I’ve gotten out of, I immediately hopped into another. This is the first time that I am actively pursuing God in being single. This is why my series 52 Weeks is so important and critical for me. I encourage you guys to try it too. now, this isn’t for the faint of hearts..lol This is WORK boo! but I see and feel the benefits of it. It’s like the fog is lifting and I can see a bit clearer each week. Things I never would have noticed blocking my path to God, I can see and begin to remove. My vow of purity until marriage removed the cap off the lens but this journey of 52 Weeks of singleness with God is truly focusing my lens.
I like to do heart checks often. I know the world loves to tell the lie of “follow your heart” when we know from Jeremiah 17:9 the heart is deceitful. If we haven’t given our hearts over to Christ then it WILL lead us to death. So my heart check is to picture my life rid of all things. Meaning, what if I lost my job, my clothing, car, home, etc? Duh, it would suck. MAJORLY! But would that deter me from God? If losing something, even someone would easily cause you to turn your back to God. That there is a heart check. It’s a wall between you and God. (read the story of Abraham and his son Isaac, nothing and no one is off limits)
Until next time beautiful people!
Love Ya to Peace,