Is there a commandment we struggle with more than the commandment against idols? Today the idea of an idol has grown to represent a wide variety of things: money, possessions, job, position or status, physical beauty, authority, time… Our own ‘idol’ can really be anything we place before or above God.
It is a fine line sometimes between providing for our families and accumulating wealth or between doing a good job at work and pouring oneself into the job in the pursuit of a promotion. But when one is in a right relationship with God, then one knows in their hearts when they are nearing or have crossed that imaginary line.
The command against idols is the only command that also has a punishment attached. Perhaps God knew people would wrestle with this one! God warns that He will punish out to a person’s fourth generation if one bows down to idols. However, God also promises that He will love your family for a thousand years if you love Him and follow His commands. Quite a difference! Must be important.
In this holy season of Lent, may we spend a little extra time looking at the idols we have in our lives. May we seek God’s strength and presence so that our idols become less and He becomes more.
Scripture reference: Genesis 20: 4-6