Sunday, January 29, 2012

He Must Increase-Day 29

Hope you had a chance yesterday to consider what some idols might be. You may not have any statues or false god bling lying around your house which is good. You probably don't attend pagan festivals or engage in pagan revelry which is really good! But idols are can be anything. In fact, an idol can be a notion, a pursuit, or anything at all. Idols are anything that you worship; something that you have devoted yourself to, something you pursue, something that is the driving force in your life. Idols could include exercise, retirement plans, family, hobbies, television, education, food, sex or even leisure. They might be different than or ancient counterparts, but idols are everywhere.

Following the golden calf fiasco God said this:
"Be very careful never to make treaties with the people in the land where you are going. If you do, you soon will be following their evil ways. Instead, you must break down their pagan altars, smash the sacred pillars they worship, and cut down their carved images. You must worship no other gods, but only the LORD, for he is a God who is passionate about his relationship with you. "Do not make treaties of any kind with the people living in the land. They are spiritual prostitutes, committing adultery against me by sacrificing to their gods. If you make peace with them, they will invite you to go with them to worship their gods, and you are likely to do it. And you will accept their daughters, who worship other gods, as wives for your sons. Then they will cause your sons to commit adultery against me by worshiping other gods." (Exodus 34:12-16)

What things, values, influences, people, activities do you engage in that could become idolatrous if not kept in check? Have you considered that some of these things we engage in might be making a "treaty" with godless things? Not saying they are. Just wondering if there are any parallels.

Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Exodus 33-35


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