Where did idolatry originate? Many believe it originated in Babylon, where many pagan rituals took place. Babylon is where we believe present-day Iraq is located. In all reality, however, idolatry began in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve looked ELSEWHERE besides God to bring them fulfillment and satisfaction. Interestingly, Dictionary.com defines Idolatry as “excessive or blind adoration and devotion” with a contemporary example being, “Idolatry occurs when you look down at the fruit of your own labor, the statue that you carved yourself, and you worship it.” Let’s break this down – idolatry is when we admire, adore, or devote our time, energy, emotions and attention to something FALSE.
Let’s skip down the timeline a little bit to the story of Abram and Sarai, to whom God promised a son, a firstborn, THROUGH whom Abram would become the father of many nations. Sarai laughed at the (im-) possibility due to her old age and being “past her time.” In her own (manmade) effort to fulfill God’s promise, she sent Abram to “be with his concubine” thru whom Ishmael was conceived and born. This is where we believe the Islam religion originated. It was later that Saria DID in fact miraculously conceive and birth Isaac, who then fathered Jacob. Jacob, after wrestling with God, was renamed “Israel.” Israel, the person, AND the nation (group of peoples) is God’s “firstborn, chosen” on earth. NOT ISHMAEL. To the naked eye, it would appear and only make “human” sense that Ishmael IS the firstborn and his lineage is due to receive God’s blessings, but his conception and birth was manipulated and forced by mankind, rather than supernaturally according to God’s promises and His will.
So going back to idolatry – ANY time, ANY situation, ANY circumstance in which we look unto ANY thing or person other than God for answers, we are participating in idolatry. When we trust the doctor more than God, when we seek answers on Google or Facebook for how to get a baby to sleep thru the night, when we call on all of our friends for sympathy, when we look to our boss or other authority for confirmation of a “job well done” – we are “idolizing” knowledge, others’ opinions, idolizing the comfort of others, seeking reassurance or guidance from others before turning to God first.
Even though medical / nutritional scientific knowledge is fabulous, friends are NEEDED in times of trial, sometimes we DO need a “pat on the back” from a boss, God desires our hearts above all else, to seek “first His kingdom and His righteousness, and ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU.”
What are YOU seeking first? Are you “going to the throne before you go to the phone?” Are you checking your “Faith Book” (Bible) before going to Facebook? Are you hungry and thirsty for His still small voice more than anything else you’ve hungered for? Psalm 34:8 says “O Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”
We are human, and we ALL “fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23) however HE PROMISES to “bring thru to completion that good work He began in you.” (Philippians 1:6) So ask the Holy Spirit to shine His light into your heart and reveal any areas that you have been “idolizing” something above God. And then ask God (who will NOT condemn you! Romans 8:1) to help you overcome this area and begin to shift your hearts focus from ______ to Him.
“Lord, instead of trusting on scientific knowledge and understanding of my body, I trust YOU, my creator. Help ME to eat healthy, show me each meal of each day what I need to nourish my body with.I TRUST YOU to put my body back into order, to function at its fullest, the way YOU designed it to.”
“Loving Father, forgive me for fearing man’s response for my actions, whether I made a mistake or not. Lord, you KNOW my heart is pure and that I desire to walk in full integrity to honor YOU Lord. Strengthen me Lord, to RECEIVE YOUR GRACE, and trust that the ‘fear of man is a snare, a trap, but those who trust in the Lord shall be safe and exalted.’ Lord I choose to shift my hearts attention from fearing man, to trusting YOU.”
“Jehovah Jireh, Lord my Provider, I confess that I have not always looked fully to You as my Provider. Psalm 51 says ‘a burnt offering you do not desire, but a broken and contrite heart you will not despise.’ Lord now I come before you and give you my heart. I see the numbers on the paper, but I trust YOU above all else, knowing that YOU own the cattle on the thousand hills, and not one sparrow falls and you do not see it. You dress the lilies of the fields and feed the birds of the air, and yet how much more valuable am I, to You, oh Lord, your son / daughter. THANK YOU for loving me so much that you patiently lead me and guide me and teach me. Strengthen my trust in YOU Lord.”