Are we really so different from the children of Israel all those years ago? We live in a different culture and a different time and yet manage to fall into the spiritual traps:
“Did you present Me with sacrifices and grain offerings in the wilderness for forty years, O house of Israel? You also carried along Sikkuth your king and Kiyyun, your images, the star of your gods which you made for yourselves” (Amos 5:25-26).
Here were the Children of Israel who for forty years were in the very presence of God, witnesses miraculous events, and being delivered the law of God first hand. Yet they were also carrying along their personal “secret” idols.
Are we so different. We may believe in Jesus (and I mean saving faith belief), read our Bibles, pray, go to church, have a personal relationship with our Savior & God yet also carry with us our own “secret” idols. The things that we “can’t live without”. The aspects or items of life that we strive and would give anything to attain. What are some of your secret idols?
A book I am reading dives into three potent and potential idols – money, sex, and power. Timothy Keller’s latest book, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters, has been a good read so far and may be well worth looking into if you would like to do some idol smashing in your life.