In the church we sometimes hear people refer to how we still worship idols. Of course, we do not literally bow down and worship false gods as people once did. But application is often made, as other worthless things find the attention of our hearts.
Sometimes I wonder if our application is sound. I mean, I love sports but I do not pray to sports, I do not hope that they will keep me safe or place food on my table . I don’t look to sports to save me. And I most definitely don’t think sports are a higher deity of any sorts. And while some people might try and guilt someone like me into thinking that sports have taken up unhealthy residence in my heart, I beg to differ. Jesus is Lord and that’s that!
Nevertheless, I run across a passage like Jeremiah 2:11 and it makes me pause. It says, “Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But My people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols.”
It causes me to stop and ask, “Do I replace God for worthless things?” The answer can easily be “Yes.” When I forgo my Bible reading or prayer to watch something on tv … well, I probably just did it. Of course, tv is just one of countless scenarios. Thus the bottom line is this – when I push God to the side in lieu of something else, I may be swimming in dangerous waters. “Lord, help me to keep you first and remember the priority of seeking Your face. Help me not live an unbalanced and unhealthy lifestyle which focuses too much attention on worthless things which have no eternal value.”