Leviticus 26:1 “‘You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down to it; for I am the Lord your God.’”
ARE YOU SURE?
Most of us will say very quickly, “I don’t have an idol in my house!” And that would be true, if you are talking about a statue or something like that. But we, at least we Americans, have the other less obvious ones. We make technology an idol. Take away someone’s IPhone or IPad and watch them go mad. But take away their Bible, and you will get little response.
God is warning the people to make sure nothing comes between them and Him. He is the only one worthy of worship and reverence – the ONLY thing. They were just as tempted as us to place other things above God. So, God gave them fair warning.
Teaching about the dangers of idols may seem like a worthless task to you. But it is so important. Children can place things above God just as much as the pagan who bows down to an idol in a remote village. We, as parents, must teach them to keep the Lord first in everything.
What is your child’s obsession? Is it video games? How about sports? You see, these things, though they are fine if kept in perspective, can become their idol, their god. And the sneaky thing about it is your child won’t even recognize it. He must be first in all things, not just some.
What do you have on your shelf of worship? Men, is it your work and career? Women, is it your children or your wardrobe? I’m not trying to be stereotypical here in these examples, just making a point. Clear your life of anything that resembles an idol and put Jesus first.