Scripture: Micah 2:6-11; Deuteronomy 11:13-17
We are to love the Lord our God above all. The Lord is jealous for His glory and will not allow His people to worship someone or something besides Him. In concept, it is easy to understand these words. However, in application, it is hard. When we are not keeping God on the throne of our lives, He will respond with words of rebuke that lead to judgement; words we will not want to listen to at all. A matter of fact, we may shut His Word out of our lives altogether.
Micah was the messenger who had to deliver such harsh words from the Lord to the people. They didn’t want to hear it from him. A matter of fact, they demanded that he stop preaching (Micah 2:6). God’s Words were repulsive to them because they were not living a life of righteousness. However, if they were walking as righteous ones, then the words the Lord gave Micah to deliver would have been welcomed words. They would have wanted to hear more. Since they were living a life of unrighteousness, they didn’t want them to be spoken.
Idolatry always leads to other sins and robs us of receiving blessings from God. It takes away from us delighting in the words of the Lord. When we wrap our lives around thoughts and ideas that are not of God, then we have setup idols in our lives. When we hear God’s Word speak out against those thoughts or ideas, we want to stop listening. It is our pride that is standing in the way of our walk with the Lord. We do not desire to listen because we have placed someone or something other than God on the throne of our lives.
Worship of things other than God may not look like a carved image in your life, but it can creep into our lives in many ways. We may worship our time, our own intellect, the moral standards we have set or even our material possessions. When we do, we are taking God off the throne of our lives and placing ourselves on the throne. Allowing sin in our lives does just that because anytime we sin we are placing ourselves and our desires above God by not following His Word and His ways. When God sees this, He sees idolatry and the need for judgement.
As believers, we have a Savior who paid for the sins that accompany idolatry. Therefore, we will not experience the judgement of separation from God. However, we do want to please God and not shut Him out of our lives. When we see God’s Word directing us in a way that is against our own ways, we should respond with repentance. Like the people of Israel during the time of Micah, we don’t want to hear the message either. When we take an honest look at our lives, we will see things that we love more than God; things that we have placed on the throne of our lives that receive our worship instead of God.
What are some of your idols? As followers of Christ, we need to work at identifying who and what we have placed on the throne of our life. If it is something or someone other than God, there is work to be done in weeding out the idols. Humbly go before the Lord and ask Him to show you the idols in your life. Beware, that some of them you will love and not want to give up. Ask the Lord to strengthen you to demolish these idols in your life. Allow God’s Word to show you how the idols appear to Him as affronts. Welcome the words of God as He removes the idols from your life that are harming your walk with Him. Seek the life of righteousness, so when you hear His Word you will rejoice because they are words of life that lead you to live justly, love kindness and walk humbly before your God.