Wednesday, July 9, 2008
No other gods
I have been working on this Bible study this summer with a group of girlfriends and can I just say this is much harder than I thought it would be. The study is No Other Gods by Kelly Minter. I thought I would have this one in the bag. Just a sweet little summer study, no pressure, no conviction, no changes to be made. OK, maybe a little one here or there but nothing life changing or altering. Then God shows up...hmmm...leave it to HIM to get in my business. This morning as I was walking with my music it seemed each of the songs that were loaded on the player was speaking directly to my issue. Argh!
The study is about confronting the idols in your life. I was thinking big, hairy, ugly, obvious idols. You know like a golden calf, something like that. Not the more subtle one that has been clinging to my for well, let's just say a very long time. I knew it was there and I always struggle with it, but I never considered it an idol. The author defines an idol as anything that we place too much value on. Something that takes the focus off of the Lord and puts it somewhere else. Another word she uses is 'functional idol'. The verses that the study starts with are in 2 Kings 17:33 "They worshiped the Lord, but they also served their own gods." and 17:41 "Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols." These were believers loving, worshiping, giving to God, yet serving their idols. This has really been hitting me this week. One my walk one of the songs was Jeremy Camp's 'Enough'. Especially theses lyrics:
And all of you
Is more than enough for all of me
For every thirst and every need
You satisfy me with your love
And all I have in you is more than enough
Even though I know all the words to this song and sing it loud, I really don't think I believe it. If I did I don't think I would let some of the things that occupy my thoughts be there. I don't think I truly believe that God is enough. Ouch. If I did believe this I would not think so much about what other people think, how my kids act, how much I weigh, what I am wearing, how my hair looks, what grades my kids get, what people think about how well my husband does his job, or the kind of car I drive. This is just the short list. I could go on and on. Not that any of these things are bad to think about, it is just the value I place on them. These things are all just symptoms of the idol I have that needs to be put in it's place. So now I go to work on tearing down the idol...only with God's help will I be successful.
Posted by Jill at 1:30 PM