The Bible has much to say about idols, mostly referring to the man-made objects that are worshiped by their followers. God makes it quite clear that He is the ONLY God and that there are to be no idols, or anything worshiped except Him. Today, there are some tangible, man-made objects throughout the world that are worshiped, but there are many more non-tangible “idols,” that take the place of God in even devout Christians.
For example, our thoughts can become an idol. When we become obsessed with a problem, the news, people, and the like, to the point it becomes our focus—this too is an idol. Anything that dominates our thoughts pushes us away from God and toward the strongholds of Satan. He (Satan) loves nothing more than to distract us from our relationship with God. God, on the other hand, tells us how to handle our thoughts when they become all-consuming and thus an idol.
Not Physical Weapons
Second Corinthians 10:4-5 tells us, “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” In other words, this idol of obsessive thoughts can be demolished by obeying Christ and using the weapons God provides, including prayer and the Word.
Another idol that is prevalent today (but at times it may be very subtle), is putting our children before God. When things are going tough for them, our inclination may be to step in and fix things for them. We forget to consider what God may be doing behind the scenes and the lessons He wants both parents and children to learn. Abraham gives us the perfect example of keeping God above our children and not interfering with His plans.
Abraham took Isaac, his only son, and offered him as a sacrifice, immediately upon God’s request. Hebrews 11:19 tells us “Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.” Even though Isaac was Abraham’s
only Son, he trusted God’s plan and chose to worship Him rather than save the life of his own son.
Idols In Many Forms
Idols come in many forms. Worse yet, they tend to sneak up on you. We must always be on guard. Satan prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (I Peter 5:8b). What better way to hurt the cause of Christ than to entice God’s children to put things of the world before Him? We must remember that whatever we put before God is actually an idol. We need to examine our hearts and ask God to expose the idols we have in our lives.
Then, through obedience, prayer and Bible study, we are empowered to turn our focus back to Him. In doing so, we demolish anything and everything that tries to take the place of God in our lives.