“The idols of the nations are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, nor is there breath in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.” (Psalm 135:15-18)
Being His creation, God planted in us the need to seek HIM and worship HIM. We can clearly see the intentions behind our creation. He created man for the sole intent to have someone with whom He can fellowship and share His endless love with.
We all know what happen, man decided to rebel against God by seeking to become like HIM and since God and sin cannot co-exist, Man and God had to be separated.
However, the need to search for God and the necessity to worship is part of our mechanism. This gives an answer to the million and 1 religions and man made philosophies, which all try to find an answer to the crave, to tap into the supernatural.
Through out generations as we see from the bible and other ancient writings, we see people building statues and worship them. For example in Athens Greece, this was rampant. Let’s see what Paul said in Acts 17:22-23:
“Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.”
The trend in Athens was to know more about the supernatural and philosophies, therefore this was a wonderful opportunity to Paul to share the good news about Jesus.
Back to modern times, even though false idols and man made objects of worship are still present, we have other forms of worship objects which are taking the glory, which should be of God alone. To mention some, work, hobbies, pleasures, addictions and even family.
Jesus is clear about this subject “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” (Matthew 10:37)
Is Jesus telling us not to love our family? Not at all, He instituted the family and it is our duty to love and take care of them but what He is saying is that He should get our first love. Nothing and no one else should be counted as number 1 priority in our lives but HIM.
The enemy’s intention is not to worship him but to divert your worship and attention from the One and Only God.
Now that we know his schemes let us re-direct our main attention and give our live to the One who gave it all for us. He is the only One who deserves our worship and first fruits of our being.
“Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who minister by night in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.” (Psalm 134)