When We Make Idols
“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
When does something stop being ordinary or a part of the scenery and instead becomes the focus?
The answer probably seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? It’s when we chose it to be important. So, a picture is just a picture, until we “idolize” it (or to be more specific, when we idolize the subject of the picture.) The same is true with lots of things in our lives. A game is just a game, unless it is the most important thing in our lives. A celebrity is somebody we admire. But when they become so important in our lives that they become more important than anybody else, then that becomes a problem.
God does not want anything or anyone else to be a god to us. He does not want us to lose our focus on Him. He is the Creator of all things. He is the one who provides everything that we need. When we create idols for ourselves, we are saying that He is not enough. The truth is whenever anybody has put their trust in anybody but the Lord, they have ended up being disappointed. When we put our trust in God, He will never disappoint us (Romans 5:5).