15The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
16They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;
17They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.
18They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.
(Psalm 135:15-18, King James Version)
The Psalmist tells us that the idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. After describing them in more detail, he ends with, "They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them."
What of us in the 21st century? Yes, physical idols still do exist in many countries, and among many peoples, but what of those in countries which no longer worship at the feet of a physical idol? Has idolatry ceased to exist in those countries?
Look at what Paul said of idolatry in the book of Colossians. 5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, (Colossians 3:5-6, New King James Version)
Though we may not bow before a physical idol, yet if our heart runs after the things of this world, especially fornication, uncleanness, unchecked passion, evil desire, and covetousness (just to name a few), then we are still guilty of idolatry before the Lord. Anything that comes between us and our love and service to the Lord is idolatry.
In other words, idolatry can even be something that is not in and of itself evil. If we put other people or other things before God in our love and service to Him, those things have become idols. Even more, an idol does not need to be a physical thing. If our passions and longings for success, for example, are greater than our love for the Lord, then those same passions and longings have become idols to us.
What are popular idols of our day? Fame, fortune, and power are probably the big three in the 21st century. Some are so greedy of fame that they will even seek to be infamous if it will get their name in the newspaper, on the internet, or in the history books. Fortune, of course is number one! How many of us believe, even though we know it is not true, that all of our problems will be solved if we just win the lottery. But, what of power? Just think for a moment how glorious it would be to be the president or ruler of your country. Men and women will go to great lengths, even at the sacrifice of the lives of others, just to gain power.
In the end, it all comes down to our first love, does it not? God is to hold the first place in our hearts. No one and no thing should ever be before Him. That includes spouses, children, parents, friends, and any physical thing.
Is God unjust for requiring such a thing? Think for a minute of what God provides for His people. Lost and condemned, God, through the death, resurrection, and ascension of His only Son, has reached down and plucked us from certain and eternal death in hell. Through no merit or help from us, He has picked us up, placed us on stable ground, and has said, "Live." Has he then left us to go on our own? No! He is our constant help and companion all the days of our lives, and after this life, will take us safely to be with Him forever. Considering all of that, is it too much for Him to ask to be first in our hearts? No!
Go, then, this day and seek the Lord God. Pray that He will help you remove any and all idols from your heart and life, that you may prostrate yourself before Him both now and forever!
God Bless You,