I was reading 2 Kings 18 where it talks about king Hezekiah tearing down all the idols in the land of Judah during his reign. I was kind of surprised to read that one of the idols that was being worshipped was either the actual or a representation of the bronze serpent Moses raised up to heal the people in Numbers 2. It is referred to as the Nehushtan. At first reading it just shocked me that God’s chosen people found it easier to worship this man-crafted snake that God used to heal them opposed to worshipping the eternal God who was leading them as a nation. Then I felt convicted.
Idolatry is serious business. The first commandment given to Moses was that God’s people should only worship God and nothing else. Any other worship is idolatry. Just read a couple chapters of 2 Kings and you will quickly get a feel for God’s disapproval of spreading worship around.
I always used to think as long as I didn’t have a statue in my house that I prayed to, I was not worshipping idols. Recently though, I have been more convinced that idols can be almost anything. (food, entertainment, work, sports, etc.) I listened to a sermon where the pastor said that if you look at where you spend your time and what you spend your money on you can get a good idea of what you worship.
So what’s the take-away? For me I am challenged to examine all aspects of my life and see if I am first and foremost worshipping God in them. Do I worship God with my time? Do I worship God with my money? Do I worship God with my thoughts, words, and deeds?
It’s challenging. I know there are areas and things I put before God. Food and entertainement would just be just a couple of them.
How about you guys? Do you worship anything other than God??
Grace and Peace,