15 The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. 16 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; 17 they have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. 18 Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. (Psalm 135:15-18 NIV)
Idolatry, the worship of anything other than God, has been a problem for God’s people for a long, long time. In Exodus 20:2-3, God said, 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:2-3 NIV) At the very moment God was delivering the 10 Commandments to Moses, the children of Israel were making a golden calf at the base of Mt. Sinai. Over and over again God told His people to worship Him alone and avoid the idols that those in their community worshiped. Yet, time and time again they succumbed to the allure of the idols of the popular culture.
There is no doubt about it, we were made to worship. All you have to do is look around our society today and you see worshipers. Some of those who worship may be “religious,” but most are simply enthralled with the latest idol to roll off the line of the America idol factory. The latest pop star to climb the charts, the larger-than-life athlete, or the newest tech genius all capture our attention. Others worship the elusive pursuit of beauty, fame, or extravagant wealth.
There is no question about it, we were made to worship. What, or whom, we worship is critical. The Psalmist says, “Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.” (vs. 18) I don’t have to think too long or too hard to understand the truth of this statement. Those whose highest aim in life is to acquire more and more money become obsessed with the almighty dollar. They dream about it, speak incessantly about it, and work tirelessly to get more and more of it. Those whose passion is an ever-increasing erotic sexual experience will be overtaken by those thoughts and will stop at nothing to fill their erotic desires. Those who worship at the local stadium or arena are constantly dreaming and speaking about their favorite team. They will rearrange their schedules, spend their hard-earned money, and stop at nothing to just be in the presence of their favorite team or athlete.
It is my desire that when others meet me, hear me speak, and watch my actions that they come away from that experience with no doubt about my passion. There is only One worthy of my worship. I don’t want to bow before anyone or anything that will lead me away from becoming the man God desires for me to become. I know from experience that those we make into “gods” are completely incapable of delivering what they promise and what we truly need in life. We were made to worship, but there is only One worthy of our worship.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You will convict me when I am tempted to give my heart to anyone or anything other than You.