I was not worshiping any other gods, or was I? Idolatry is to have extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone.
“You should have no other gods before me.” Deuteronomy 5:7 ESV
“Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 19:4
Shane and I are coming upon our 5th wedding anniversary which was about the same time I turned my life over to Jesus. I was pretty excited to be marrying this guy after reconnecting 24 years later. Like all marriages, we have had our ups and downs. One of the biggest reasons we have had some of our down times would be because I was worshiping another god, my husband, without realizing it. I was seeking and looking for Shane to fill an empty spot in my heart that only Jesus can fill. I remember not too long ago while praying for Shane and our marriage, out of nowhere I heard God speak to me to stop worshiping Shane and start putting Him (God) first. Now, I spent some time trying to argue with God reminding him that I was putting Him first and not Shane. However, deep in my heart I knew that God was speaking truth. I was putting Shane before God and trying to make him fill this empty spot only Jesus can fill.
Idolatry comes in many forms and it is not always clear when you are in the midst of it. Before I dedicated my life to Jesus, idols in my life included material possessions and alcohol. Neither of these things were able to fill that void in my heart permanently. Idolatry can kill any relationship and will absolutely separate you from God. Freedom comes when these idols are identified and destroyed. Shane is now in his rightful perfect place as my husband and my best friend and Jesus is the king of my heart and the savior of my soul.
“Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.” 1 Samuel 12:20-21 ESV
Do not cling so tightly to someone or something that you miss out on everything God has to offer you.
John 15:2 says, “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it may bear more fruit”.
By acknowledging Jesus in my life and having the desire to put Him first, the pruning process continues to take place in my life daily. There is no room for idolatry in our lives when we are living for Jesus. For me, I constantly need to pray that God reveals any idols I am worshipping so that He can prune them out of me and make the good fruit grow. I do not want to waste any time missing out on what God has in store for me!
“Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.” 1 Corinthians 10:14
Keep your eyes on The Groom!