I love coke. The real thing. A cold can of coke. I don’t buy coke or keep it in the house on a regular basis because I will drink it and I don’t want to. I know myself and I know it is better if I don’t keep it in the house in the first place. My ability to say “no” when it is here is tested too often, and I eventually give in to the temptation.
That’s pretty much the way sin also works. It tempts us. If we keep it around long enough, we will eventually fall. The Israelites’ king, Hezekiah, apparently recognized this danger too. Today in Chronicles, the king is restoring worship and starting to celebrate passover again. In doing this, Hezekiah destroyed all the “things” that had been in the land for pagan worship. Why? They would have been a temptation. The people did desire to turn back to God, but if their idols and pagan alters were still there everyday for them to walk by, look at, eventually, they would have turned back to them.
Now, you and I probably can’t imagine that-a pagan alter tempting us in any way? But, you have heard enough devotions, chapels and sermons on idols to know we still have them. They just take on a different form. An idol is really just anything that draws you away from God OR is more important to you than God. So now what comes to mind? For me, it is immediately the iPhone. This very well is an idol in my life. And just like the pagan idols or the coke-I have to put it away when I am doing devotions, when I am going to bed, at church, or when I am spending time with friends. I am trying to figure out a way to get it out of my room at night, so I am not tempted to be on it instead of sleeping. It will take physical action on my part to consciously keep that idol away or I am just setting myself up for a fall.
How about you? What is your idol? What is the thing you need to destroy or move, so it is not constantly tempting you? Is it an app? is it a game? Is it a “thing” in your room? We are all hopefully striving to walk closer with God, and walk “towards” Him-but our “success rate” and walk with Him will be greatly hampered, if we are not also physically removing those things that draw us away from Him on a daily basis!