This morning I wrote about the miniature kingdoms that we hold on to thinking that they will provide freedom, when in reality they only bring bondage. This is what Beth Moore says,
[pullquote]Oddly, the most freeing thing we can ever do, is abdicate the throne of our own miniature kingdoms.[/pullquote]
I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that often these kingdoms that we inhabit represent the idols in our lives. Consider with me the things that we focus our energy on. Possessions, power, and position. These are three dangerous P’s.
We love our stuff, and we love new stuff even more. We expend a lot of energy thinking about things that we would like to possess. It could be a new car, a new home, or even a new doorknob. We love to lose ourselves in shopping, then in taking care of our new possessions, then in replacing them, and then starting the cycle all over again. It is not wrong to have possessions and enjoy them. It is wrong when our possessions, possess us. That is when a line is crossed and our possessions become idols.
Power is another thing that we tend to seek in our lives. Power often goes with the last P,position. Often, we seek a certain position because of the power it represents. Most often we think of power and position in the corporate world, but there is just as much jockeying for power and position in the PTA, your group of friends, and even in the church. We all want to “rank” and we all want to appear successful. Just like possessions, power and position can get very distorted and become idols as well.
Here is the problem with idols. [pullquote]Idols are dead, they are just objects or ideas, they possess no power except to possess us.[/pullquote] When was the last time you prayed to your new car for guidance? Did you get any help?(No, your GPS does not count!) When was the last time you kneeled and prayed to your house to mend your broken marriage? Any help there? I know those examples sound far fetched, but often we actually do believe that our problems can be fixed by possessions, or power, or position. And we act on that belief by investing our lives more fully in this world, than in our eternal destiny with Christ.
This is not a new phenomenon, the Israelites did the very same thing. Their idols were less cloaked than ours, but the problem was identical. In the Book of Jeremiah there was a famine in the land and no matter how fervently the Israelites prayed to their idols, there was no rain. Jeremiah 14:22 says this…
Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, LORD our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.
The Israelites learned that idols are worthless when it came to their real needs. Just like praying to false gods will not bring rain, hoping in our idols, no matter how sophisticated they appear, with not make us free, or bring us hope. There is only one God, and there is only one Hope. That is the Lord, Jesus Christ. He is always available and always able.