Idols – we’ve all had them.
Whether it’s marriage, children, happiness, healing, food, internet, school, people, or whatever it may be,we all have a tendency to find our happiness and security in created things rather than the Creator – God.
Many times we let our heart, deceitfully wicked as it is, determine where we put our trust.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
– Jeremiah 17:9
John Calvin said that the human heart is an “idol factory.” As we examine our lives and detect the idols that we love more than God, we will see that Calvin was correct.
We ask God to bless us with certain things in our lives. If we receive those things from God many times we turn around and elevate them above Him. We begin to find our happiness and security in them.
This is spiritual adultery. God is not our pimp. He does not arrange the provision of things and people for us to satisfy our desires. So why do we treat Him as such at times?
What we soon find out, though, is that our idols leave us empty. The satisfaction that we find in them wears off.
You have made us for Yourself, Lord. Our hearts are restless, until they rest in You.
– St. Augustine
No one and nothing will ever satisfy our hearts besides the One who created us – God.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
– Matthew 6:33
Put first things (God) first and we get second things (everything else) thrown in: put second things first and we lose both first and second things.
– C.S. Lewis
God is better.
So the question for us to answer is this: Do we truly treasure Christ above all things?
What you prize most is shown by what you pursue the hardest.
– J.D. Greear
The critical question for our generation – and for every generation – is this: if you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ were not there?
– John Piper
Until we treasure Christ above all else, we will continue to seek the temporary satisfaction of idols throughout our life.
May we be able to say what David said in Psalm 63:
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.
And what Paul said in Philippians 3:8:
I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ…