Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:22-23
When God called Moses up Mount Sinai, he spoke these words to him for the people of Israel: “I am the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves. Worship no god but me. Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or earth or in the water under the earth. Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, because I am the Lord your God and I tolerate no rivals.” (Exodus 20:1-5). The commandments of God serve as a check and guide on man so that he would live a life holy and pleasing to God. However, man in his free-will decides whether or not to obey the commandments of God and live a godly life or disobey God and worship gods and live ungodly life. Therefore, Man is called to give true and total worship to the one true God so that he will not be destroyed by the worship of idols or false gods. This warning was made known to man from the beginning and spoken again to the Israelites when he said, “I am the Lord your God and I tolerate no rivals.”
A true story was told of a brother, blessed with wealth and riches and holds a position in the church. One day he invited an ordained Priest of God to bless his house. As the Priest was blessing the house he came to where the man has an altar of prayers to bless and sprinkle holy water and the Spirit of God ministered to the Priest to take out the enlarged portrait of Jesus at the altar, and behold an idol was found hidden behind the portrait. When the Priest asked the man, “what is that?”, the man was downcast and said, “Man should help himself.” If the LORD fails, at least this one will not fail.” Friends in Christ, many Christians today are like the man in our story. They do not have absolute believe and trust in the LORD and therefore do not give the LORD true worship and adoration. This small work of man’s hand has turned to be the god and savior of this brother. His worship of God is outward and his heart is far from God. Our Scripture reference today says: “Do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gold to be worshipped in addition to me.” (Exodus 20:23). Today, the Holy Spirit puts this question before you: “Has thou turned to your God?” Many Christians have turned the wealth and riches God has blessed them with, into gods and worship them. They admire their wealth and riches and place their hearts on them as the Jews admired and worshipped the temple of Jerusalem. Whatever takes the place of God in your life has turned to be your God. Rejecting God and worshipping other God’s creates enmity between God and you and it incurs the anger of God.
Dear friends in Christ, who is your God and who do you serve? You know that you were not made into a living being by evolution or a mixture of chemical compound but you were made by the Supreme God, the Father of heaven and earth who has led you through life’s challenges up to this day. TO REJECT God and choose to serve and worship other gods is as evil and wicked as witchcraft. Let that which you value and admire so much not be the idol you worship. Hear the warning of the Prophet Hosea, “…idolatory has a powerful hold on them, and they do not acknowledge the LORD.” (Hosea 5:4) Remember Achan, how he was stoned to death in the valley because he stole the god of the Amorites which caused serious problems in the camp of the Israelites. Is there any idol hidden in your wardrobe, under your pillow, in the unreachable corner of your room which you think can protect you or change the cause of your challenges; is there any amulet on your waist or wrist or finger which you have made to ward off attacks from the evil ones; the Holy Spirit says to you today that they are all good for fire. So dispose them and throw them into the fire. Hear the Psalmist David, “Those who rush to other gods bring many troubles on themselves.” (Psalm 16:4). Turn away from all other gods that have no life and cannot save you. Invite Jesus into your life and home. Let him be the Lord and Master of your life, the peace and goodness you are looking for will be yours. He has come to give you life, life in abundance. Alleluyah!
- Begin to surrender yourself and house to God in prayer.
- Is there any object you serve as god in your house, begin to reject it now.
- Pray with Hosea this prayer of forgiveness for turning to other gods: “Forgive all our sins and accept our prayer and we will praise you as we have promised.” (Pray seriously)
- Pray to cancel the evil effect of idol worshipping in your family from your ancestry.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of those that put their trust in idols and gods that they may flee from destruction and surrender to the Living God.
Exercise: Share today’s reflection with any idol worshipper around you.
Memory Verse: Luke 18:25