30And I will destroy your high places [devoted to idolatrous worship], and cut down your sun-images, and throw your dead bodies upon the [wrecked] bodies of your idols, and My soul shall abhor you [with deep and unutterable loathing]. –Leviticus 26:30 (AMP)
I remember one time being at a service where spontaneous, prophetic worship broke out. Right there, in the moment, they were singing of smashing idols. I cannot accurately put into words the waves of the Spirit that were washing over the people worshiping there. There was a tangible presence that rose in intensity as the words were pouring forth. This was inside of the Church (not to the secular world outside of that congregation) and God was speaking to us of smashing idols.
Today’s Scripture depicts a very vivid image of the seriousness of idols. These are God’s words to His people, His chosen people, whom He had delivered from Egypt. Why did they need this reiteration? They had lived among the Egyptians for so long. He was laying down the law, so to speak, of how they should live a holy, set apart life, as they moved into the land He was giving them. Does this sound familiar?
This was not just an Old Testament message, for the Israelites, to be laid aside, in light of the New Testament. As a matter of fact, as followers of Christ Jesus, called to be separate, John reinforces the importance of what God was saying, because the Church was being faced with Gnosticism:
21Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods)--[from anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God, from any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life]. Amen (so let it be). 1 John 5:21
What is the first thing that you think of when you hear the term idol? Is it a little Buddha statue in a meditative pose? Perhaps it’s an image or plaque of some sort of Eastern Mysticism. It might be that when you first read the term today, your thoughts immediately turned to your favorite singer from the program, “American Idol”. Boy, that’s a loaded term in and of itself isn’t it?
Those are the seemingly easy “idols” to recognize. But what does idol actually mean? Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary reads:
(Anything on which we set our affections; that to which we indulge an excessive and sinful attachment.)
“Excessive and sinful attachment” is something or someone that you can’t give up or let go of, anything or anyone that begrudges Gods rightful place as first in your life.
Take a deeper look. Are there any idols in your life? This is a tough thing for Christians. Is your Church building an idol? How about that worship team? What about your relationships? Even your spouse or children can become idols. Are sports figures or athlete’s filling some position in your heart? “Oh, but those are just innocent things”, you might be saying.
You had better guard your mouth!
21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. -Proverbs 18:21
If you keep speaking that, you will begin to believe it and become deceived by your own words.
Ask yourself this question. Is there someone or something that if God asked you to let go of it today, you would not be able to do it? That may be your first indication.
I remember the point at which I released my grip on my children to God. It was gut wrenching. I was literally on the floor in my bathroom, bawling my eyes out, arguing with God. “But God, but God, but God”… He was very gracious and patient.
In my protective mothering, I had begun to tell God (not realizing it) what would be best for my children. He had to show me first of all, that they were His, second of all, He knew what was best and thirdly, the big whammy, I didn’t trust Him.
Idolatry comes in from a lack of trusting God. How so? You do not trust God to do what He says. You trust your own opinions, thoughts, ideas more than what He says about it or you don’t consult Him at all to begin with. All idolatry stems from not recognizing Him as Supreme in every situation.
What does it boil down to? Simply put: you know better than He does. Every trace of idolatry in history can find its roots here.
Why smashing idols? Smash a glass, don’t just drop it. Do it on purpose, knowing that its destruction is your very goal. Now go back, look at those pieces. Could it ever be put back together again and used for its original intent? Exactly.
Don’t delay, get before God, and repent. Ask Him to show you where there are any idols in your life and get to work. Set your heart to trust God that knows best. Taste the freedom that comes from “Smashing Idols”.