But the God of Israel[f] is no idol! He is the Creator of everything that exists, including his people, his own special possession. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name! – Jeremiah 51:19
The very end of the book of Jeremiah gives prophecy against several nations of the Ancient Near East in which God said he’s destroy those nations surrounding Israel. Throughout these messages of gloom and doom there is a message of hope for the people of Israel to one day return to their ancestral homeland and repopulate the area. Included in this message was a praise of the LORD of heaven’s armies that he is the Creator and isn’t an idol but the One True Living God of Israel and the world!
We have to stop and examine our lives and ask ourselves the one troubling question, Is/are there any idol(s) in my life that are getting more praise and affection from me than the Creator of the universe, Jehovah? It is so easy to allow people, things, and even ideas/emotions to ascend the throne of our hearts and lives and replace the LORD as the sovereign and rightful occupant of said throne. This exchange may not happen all at once. It may in fact occur over time without our noticing it.
An idol can be anything or anyone to which or whom we give more attention, affection, love, and devotion than we do to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In fact we have an idol(s) in our lives to which we are unaware. To test yourself, look for things or people in your life that occupy the greatest amount of your time, treasure, and talents. What or which one consumes the most of these three things? It might be the radio in your car or a television show that you watch regularly or a certain place you go with great frequency! IF you find that you can’t turn off or get by without these obsessions, then you’ve created an idol in your life. It may not be a bad or sinful thing either but something good and wholesome. It’s not the nature of the idol so much as it is the worship we give to it.
God declared in his word that he is a jealous God and will not share his glory with another god: person, place or thing that occupies our time and attention. The Torah declares that we are to have no other gods before Jehovah. To those who are disciples of Jesus and are not under law but grace, we are still to live out the law of the Spirit, which is the law of love. When we live according to the Spirit, we don’t fulfill the desires of our personal wants. We do as Jesus said and love God with all of our hearts and souls, which we thereby fulfill the law of God without doing so under a moral obligation or religious obligation but as an outward expression of inward transformation of the heart.
Thus, we have to go back to our original question, Is there anything occupying God’s seat on the throne of our hearts? God created us for his own good pleasure, to worship him, and to love him. He won’t compete with what occupies your heart because he is a true gentleman. He won’t stop wooing you to his arms and loving heart, but the choice is yours to make. Do you allow God to take his place as Sovereign in your life, or will another do so? I pray that we look deep into our hearts and see if there are any contestants vying for God’s affection! Kick out any idol that would try to substitute itself for the God of the universe!
Father, examine me and see if there is anything or anyone that has tried or is occupying your rightful place atop the throne of my heart. YOU loved me enough to take my place on the cross and save me from death, hell and the grave when no one else could. YOU loved me when no one else would! YOU chose me to be your child. YOU called me to be a member of your family. YOU anointed me to bring the good news to the lost of this world. YOU are my redeemer and savior. YOU are my LORD and King! YOU are my all in all! Forgive me for allowing anyone or anything to deflect my affection and attention away from you. I love you above all else!!!!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.