Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.
Rick was bored. The Sunday night youth meeting was almost over, and now he was counting the minutes until he could get home to play on his Xbox.
He had the latest edition of Grand Theft Auto, and the online gameplay was unreal. A few of his friends said they would be online in about an hour, and he didn’t want to be late.
Plus, he had starting watching “Breaking Bad” on Netflix, and he hoped to get a few episodes in before he went to bed.
“Rick! Are you listening?”
“What?” Rick was obviously put off by the interruption.
“I asked you a question,” Mitch, his youth leader, said. “I asked you if you knew of any idols in your life.”
“No,” Rick said with a sneer. “I don’t worship any idols. That would be dumb.”
Obviously, Rick’s only concept of idols was a little carved household god that people in the days of the Old Testament somehow worshiped. And Rick was right to think that those idols were stupid. As our scripture today says, these idols, “Have mouths but do not speak, and eyes but do not see.” To worship something created by human hands is simply pointless.
So is an idol just something like a jade statue of a fat guy? No. An idol can be anything that we put in place of God. It could be money or TV or cars or Rick’s Xbox. Anything that we devote too much time and money on is possibly an idol. That’s not to say that everything we spend time or money on is an idol. We need food. We need a car. We need a place to live. But if you spend most of your time thinking about food or cars or your house, those things have become idols.
In our case, Rick was daydreaming about games and TV shows instead of getting something out of a message at church. It’s safe to say that Ricks Xbox and television were idols in his life.
What about you? Do you have anything that’s approaching idol status? If so, you should spend some time today looking at those problem areas, and asking the Lord to help you overcome those idols. As Him to help you place Him back on the throne in your life.
Reflection copyright © 2015 Doug DeBolt.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.