Last week we looked at a few places in the bible where people look to things instead of to God to be their god. This week we will take a look at our own lives and the things our hearts and minds confide in. We will look at our own lives and see where our confidence come from. We are going to see that while we may not melt down our gold and turn it into a calf we have our own idols. They may not be golden calves but the motives behind our idols are strikingly similar to those we read about in the bible.
There are times when we act like the Israelite and melt down all the good things God has given us and turn them into our gods. There are times when the good gifts like our children become our gods like Rachel and Leah. There are times when our own self sufficiency and what we can do becomes our god.
There are times when we take the good gifts of a spouse and turn them into our god. We are not bowing down to worship them. We are not listening to everything they tell us to do but we may be placing god like expectations on our spouses, children or ourselves.
“A god means that from which we are to expect all good and in which we are to take refuge in all distress. So, to have a God is nothing other than trusting and believing Him with the heart. I have often said that the confidence and faith of the heart alone make both God and an idol. If your faith and trust is right, then your god is also true. On the other hand, if you trust in false and wrong, then you do not have the true God. For these two belong together, faith and God. Now, I say that whatever you set your heart on and put your trust in is truly your god.”
Where do you place your faith and confidence?
No matter how out of balance our lives become because of what false god our hearts are confiding in and trusting in the true God is constantly in pursuit of us. While it is helpful to identify the things in our lives that may be our functional idols we can rest in the hope we have because of Jesus. We can have hope when we look back at the Israelite people because Jesus was the author and perfecter of their faith. We can have hope for our own lives because Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith, too.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3