Over time, our culture has become numb to the concept of worship. People bow down to many things, seeking fulfillment and pleasure in the things of this world. But since God is our ultimate fulfillment (and why we were made), people will continue to remain unfulfilled until they find Him. The problem with things of this world is that they are of this world. They do not last. Nothing on earth lasts. People all die. From the moment we are born we begin to age and we will all eventually die at some point. All the animals die. All the plants die. Buildings are built and eventually fall down. Everything, but God, has a shelf life. Yet, people continue to look for happiness and fulfillment from things other than Him. And in the distance, God patiently awaits the return of His children from their wanderings.
I want to challenge each of you to ask yourself this crucial question:
Who are you bowing down to?
Maybe you are bowing down to the god of approval? If your happiness is dependent on what others think about you, then that might be the case. Maybe you are bowing down to stuff? Things like clothes, cars, houses, shoes,…etc. Maybe you are bowing down to the god of money? I know that there are many times in my life that I have put things in my life ahead of God. These were things that had no business being the focus of my life. Patiently, God has seen me through this and still loves me the same and welcomes me with open arms.
God clearly tells us in the Bible that we should not have other idols before Him. Jesus tells us that we can’t serve Him and idols at the same time. It has to be one or the other. Any time we put our focus on idols, it takes our focus off of Him. We should strive to keep our focus on Him and try to be like Jesus in how we live our lives each and every day. If you’ve built idols in your heart, then you need refocus your focus on God and let Him give you the strength to tear those other idols down.
No matter what your temptation is, you can find wisdom and strength in God’s Word. That means that we have got to open our Bibles and start reading them regularly. When we read the Bible and make ourselves open to change, God will change us from the inside out. I recommend starting with the book of Proverbs. This book is ideally suited to regular reading. There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs and there are 31 days in most months. Commit to reading one chapter of Proverbs each day for one whole month and see if you are the same at the end of that month as you were when you started. As you dive into each chapter, you’ll soak in timeless instruction, explore a biblical illustration of human love, and be challenged to live abundantly with God as your source of life.
Our temporary pursuits can never compare to the eternal riches that God has in store for us. May you find your ultimate satisfaction in your Creator, Sustainer, Savior, and Redeemer-Jesus.