No, I don’t have a golden calf in my back yard, but I definitely let other things step in front of my relationships with God.
In fact, I am probably my own worst idol. There are things I want to have and do and while that in and of itself is not really a problem, when I put my attaining those things above God, it is.
Idols distract me from seeing important things. Chasing after them takes center stage and, considering I have already lived at least half my life, I look back and I see I have wasted a lot of time pursuing things that do not bring joy or whatever I thought it was that they gave.
Do you have any idols? Maybe yours are similar to mine: comfort, control, approval, money. I am sure I have more hidden under my tent, scattered here and there. Becoming aware of them is the first step. Confessing them and asking for forgiveness is the next.
Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 NLT
Dismantling them is the next part of action. But how does one go about removing, eliminating, destroying the idols in their lives? Each person might answer that differently.
May you have eyes to see your idols and God’s strength to discard them and live your life in His freedom and grace!