The Golden Calf.
Just the phrase evokes all sorts of mental images and reminds of us of all kinds of teachings that we have heard on the idolatry of Israel. We may sometimes feel distant from the impact of this moment in Israel’s history because not many of us bow down to golden statues or wooden idols or stone figurines. However, we do seem to bow our heads regularly to little glowing devices that fit into the palms of our hands, but that is another discussion.
Our Bible study lesson this Sunday is on idolatry. Idol worshipers distort true worship. When our hearts are not fixed firmly upon Jesus we are worshiping something other than God. God gives us desires that are to be used to point us to him. But when these desires turn into demands, idolatry has shown up at your door.
I really like two quotes that were included in the lesson material this week. One was from Augustine, the other from Adrian Rogers.
“Idolatry is worshiping anything that ought to be used, or using anything that is meant to be worshiped.” -Augustine
“Anything you love more, fear more, serve more, or value more than God is your idol.” -Rogers
May we all approach God with humble hearts as we ask him to identify the idols of our hearts.