What is the most important thing in your life? What are the most important values in your life? Whatever holds your attention, loyalty, and passion has the potential of becoming an idol in your life. It is very easy to fall into the worship of something or someone unawares. It may very innocently begin as admiration of something or someone, and over time, transform into the object of our affection and total consume us.
As we read and study the Word of God, we should be able to take notice of the Nation of Israel’s troubled history and relationship with God and learn from their mistakes. Beginning in the Book of Exodus, God provided Israel with the Ten Commandments, or ten points of direction in how we should interact with both Himself and others. The first four commandments deal with how we are to relate and respond to God: 1) no other gods, 2) no graven image, 3) no taking the Lord’s name in vain, and 4) no desecration of that which God has called holy (i.e., the Sabbath) (20:3-11).
Over the course of their history, Israel had amassed great wealth and influence. Yet, they had become distracted by life within the surrounding cultures and developed a desire to subscribe to living life as the heathen nations around them. They began to intermingle with the surrounding cultures and, eventually, began to engage in their religious practices. God sent multiple warnings through various people; however, the end result was the overthrow of the divided kingdoms, Israel and Judah, and the subsequent dispersion throughout the rest of the nations (2 Kgs. 17:7-23).
We, like Israel, tend to begin with a good start on our journey. But somewhere along the line, we start to accumulate things, relationships, and status. Although there is nothing wrong with having any of these things, we cannot allow ourselves to become careless and allow these things to have us. In other words, we have to “keep thy (our) heart(s) with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Prov. 4:23). In a few verses before, Solomon advises us to,
“Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men…The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble…Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil…” (vv. 14,19,25-27).
We must make a daily practice of keeping God at the forefront of everything we do. The moment we allow a little room for error, the enemy will attempt to gain footing within our lives (2 Cor. 2:11)…#thinkonthesethings