What is an idol?

This morning I was struggling big time with my thoughts, to be frank being celibate is really hard at times and I was battling some of those thoughts/feelings and these were really dominating my mindset.

When I did my online reading today the subject matter was “Idolatory”.  So here’s the thing, I kind of got to thinking that if anything becomes “dominant” in our minds, whether sexual, monetary, food related, relationship driven or other, does that then detract from our relationship with God?  I felt that the reading and teaching I was getting this morning was showing me that because these thoughts were so dominant and overbearing almost, it was becoming my “idol”.  I needed to recognise that this was a barrier and move on.  Funnily enough after having spent some time reading and reflecting I was able to move on quite easily so just confirms that keeping our eyes on God really is the answer at all times.


What is an idol?  Not just a statue of gold or precious metal, not solely a graven image or symbol of hope, nor an effigy depicting some wannabe God, this may be hard for us to hear, but our idols may be incredibly near, causing damage to our hearts, causing us to marginalise our God, squeezing him out of our daily walk, preventing us from constructive talk and prayer, stripping away layers of our time, prime time which we can never recover, time which should be spent discovering the love of our heavenly father; we waste that time with him forever.

What are your idols, stop, reflect?  What can you not do without, what fills your head when you first wake, what sacrifices do you make to ensure you get what you really want, what barriers haunt your walk with God, what idols really make him sad when he looks upon your daily journey, what makes you really not quite worthy to say my God I am yours wholly.

God I’m sorry for anything I put in my life that takes time away from your great love, that I place higher on my agenda, may I surrender them now to you and use my discernment to recognise the reactions I have to such idols, to amend my actions, mend the fractions of my heart, make a new start, no more idols but a tidal wave of love and yearning, for Godly blessings and more learning, may my head turn back to you in all I think and say and do.



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