Idolatry Today?

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On Sunday, my dad talked about Christians and contentment. He spoke about how pride goes hand-in-hand with covetousness, which is also idolatry. Wednesday, Chris spoke about I Samuel 8, and how the nation of Israel demanded a king. They wanted to be like the other nations. They were wrong not only in the desire to be like the surrounding nations, but they also committed the sin of covetousness and idolatry. They wanted to replace God, their true King, with a man-king.

The main thing that comes to mind when I think of idolatry is “bowing before a statue.” As you already know, idolatry can take many forms—any time you put something before God, replacing God, as He should be first in your life, is also idolatry. Idolatry is nearly the same thing as covetousness, also—desiring something other than God, in an inappropriate way (desiring something more than you desire God).

With this definition, I am sure all of us, especially myself, can be found guilty of the sin of idolatry, just like the nation of Israel. We all can find ourselves desiring something more than we desire God.

But God has given us a very simple solution.

Count your blessings.

When you recognize the gifts God has given you, especially His salvation if you are a believer, you will be completely satisfied in Him. By definition, when you are satisfied, you will desire nothing else—God will be first in your life, and you will cease to covet and cease to commit idolatry. So, that’s my challenge to you this week—count your blessings, and have self-control over your sinful, covetous flesh.

In Christ,

Luke Godfrey

5 comments:

Rachel February 8, 2008 at 7:53 AM  

Everybody seems to struggle with that..... this week (and if I can, more days) I will definetly count my blessings!

Life Savior February 8, 2008 at 8:02 AM  

Being discontent,for me, leads to a bad attitude, I'll work on counting what I do have.
-Kade

Rachel February 8, 2008 at 9:27 AM  

My comment didn't sound right....I meant that I would work on counting my blessings and try to work doing that into my everyday life. I really need to work on being content.

N. L. White February 15, 2008 at 7:50 PM  
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N. L. White February 15, 2008 at 7:52 PM  

"Idolatry Today"

sounds like a periodical
:>)

Great post, Luke.

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