If you know anything about me, you would know that I love clothes. I love looking good and if I don't think I look good then I don't feel good. A few years ago, I was obsessed with my image. I would get extremely anxious about the clothes I was wearing to church or even just hanging out with friends. I knew I did a good job if multiple people complimented my clothing. I know this might sound really crazy to some of you, but I had let my image become my idol. I was searching for affirmation through people telling me that I looked good. I did not see the problem going on in my soul. I did not realize that I had kicked God off the throne of my heart and put the opinions of others there.
Exodus 32:1-8 shares the story of a people bowing down to an idol.
"When the people realized that Moses was taking forever in coming down off the mountain, they rallied around Aaron and said, “Do something. Make gods for us who will lead us. That Moses, the man who got us out of Egypt—who knows what’s happened to him?” So Aaron told them, “Take off the gold rings from the ears of your wives and sons and daughters and bring them to me.” They all did it; they removed the gold rings from their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from their hands and cast it in the form of a calf, shaping it with an engraving tool.
The people responded with enthusiasm: “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up from Egypt!” Aaron, taking in the situation, built an altar before the calf.
Aaron then announced, “Tomorrow is a feast day to the LORD!” Early the next morning, the people got up and offered Whole-Burnt-Offerings and brought Peace-Offerings. The people sat down to eat and drink and then began to party. It turned into a wild party!
God spoke to Moses, “Go! Get down there! Your people whom you brought up from the land of Egypt have fallen to pieces. In no time at all they’ve turned away from the way I commanded them: They made a molten calf and worshiped it. They’ve sacrificed to it and said, ‘These are the gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt!’”
The part that sticks out most to me in this story is when Aaron says that they will have a feast to the LORD. I recently found out that when it has "LORD" in all caps it also means "Yahweh," which is the name of God.
The people of Israel are calling out to God, yet they are worshiping an idol. If the Israelites can make this mistake then we can too. People may say, "Jesus is Lord," but they do not follow Jesus.
If you were around me during my season of idolatry you would have heard me making all the right declarations, but in reality I wasn't truly following Jesus. The crazy thing about this is that I didn't notice I was throwing a feast for the wrong person, neither did the Israelites.
How do we notice and take down the idols in our lives? How do we stop throwing a feast for the wrong thing or person?
To discover the hidden idols in our lives we must look at what consumes our thoughts. My pastor always says, "Whatever you think about longest will become strongest in your life." What can you not stop thinking about? What are you spending the majority of your money on?
The next step is to consider where your idol will take you.
If your idol is approval then you will constantly be jealous of others. You will always have a sense of inadequacy.
Romans 6:16 says, "Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?
Your idol will only lead to death.
Finally, put God back on his throne.
What can you do to put God back in his rightful place?
Be obedient to His Word. Set aside time each day to pray and dig into God's Word. Not only learn scripture, but know it and believe it. Pray for God to change your heart towards those that you have a hard time loving. Honor God in all you say and do. Let God lead and guide you in all you do. Rejoice in the Lord always.
You will only find true fulfillment when you are letting God guide your path and your thoughts.
So, I challenge you to ask yourself, who are you throwing a feast for? What are you bowing down to?