TITLE: WHO OR WHAT IS YOUR IDOL?
By Lorene Weaver
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" I am Jehovah your God who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.
Never worship any god but me. I am a jealous God, and I will bring the curse of a father's sins upon even the third and fourth generation of the children of those who hate me; but I will show kindness to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments." Deuteronomy 5:6-10
The worship of money and the intense desire for material things seem relatively easy to be idols to those who have such strong wants that they will do anything to fulfill what they consider to be needs. Look at the amount of debt many families and young people are in. Look at the USA's debt load!
Being disabled and on crutches for the last two years, I limit my store visits to those with mart-carts.
Today, however, I had to go to a clothing store. I haven't been in one for at least a year. My eyes went searching things I wasn't there for. Big trouble! I could feel that desire welling up within me to go beyond what I had come for. I purposefully looked toward my destination, my reason for coming. I took a bit of time trying things on and making decisions. On my way out I lingered at the jewelry counter and ended up being late for my appointed next stop. I am so happy I don't make those trips very often. Too much temptation.
Money and material things are much easier to see as addictions rather than when the same thing happens with people. I remember an experience I had about twenty-two years ago. My father was in the hospital. It was very near Christmas. Several years before that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's. This recent trip to the hospital was a sure sign he would not be returning home, but going on to a nursing home.
When I left the hospital after visiting him for a while, I cried and screamed in the car driving home. During my conversations with God, He revealed to me that I loved my earthly father more than I loved my Heavenly Father. I was convicted and felt absolutely horrible about what I had done. Praise God for Jesus and His work on the cross. I repented and was forgiven. Being restored in a right relationship with my Father, brought healing and joy.
Relationships with people can become the center of one's life and, before you know it, you can be sucked in to having a dependency and abnormal admirations, and develop identity problems that block out rational thinking. The worst part of it all is being blinded to what is happening. I was so tied into my father's life, I felt every painful event in his life in my own and guilty about how good my life was.
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21 NIV
It is amazingly easy to put others before God when you don't spend time with Him daily. I have been learning the hard way, unfortunately, as usual. It has taken some time for me to establish setting time aside each morning by getting up earlier, but I have found it to be the very best thing for me. Daily appointments with God have helped me in so many ways. I am discovering:
a love for the Old Testament
an awesomeness about God I didn't know before
a desire to learn more
words coming alive in the New Testament
the words of Jesus having new meaning in light of my older years
a sense of comfort and not being alone
the peace that passes understanding
a strengthening of my faith
a love for God that is growing stronger
a realization of wanting to be obedient, not just generally, but specific to
His will for my life
a desire to change, well actually, to let God change my thought life and
an overwhelming sense of being chosen by Him, coupled with immense
a heart for others
a desire to intercede
worship and praise throughout the day
despite my limitations physically, a joy to be able to do what I can
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