"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me."--Exodus 20:2, 3 This year, we had a chance to attend our first family camp at Mt. Hermon. We had an awesome time, and I really enjoyed being able to spend some time with our boys (Janna was at a youth camp) and have some time to learn and soak in the Lord.
Our morning speaker really challenged me with a thought that has stayed with me, that being the idea that we are all worshippers. We can worship all manner of idols, things material and things immaterial. Even those who do not confess Jesus as Lord and those who are antagonistic towards Him are worshippers. We all worship something. The question is, what do we worship?
It is sobering to realize that even though I may show up at church every Sunday and serve Him faithfully at home and in the church, I can still be an idolater. That doesn't mean that I am physically bowing down before statues of stone or metal, but I can be spiritually prostrating myself before them.
As I walk with the Lord, He is so faithful to purify and grow me. It seems like the more I get to know Him, the more I realize how much I need Him. Sometimes I feel like I am growing backwards because the gulf that separates us seems to widen as He gets bigger and greater.
One of the idols He is revealing to me is my desire to please others. While that is not bad in itself, there are times when I catch myself wondering whether others would like what I am doing. Sometimes I don't do things because I'm afraid of what others will think. Because of my fear of others, I have been guilty of not doing what is right or ignoring a prompt from God.
As parents, even if we train our children diligently to know and love the Lord, we still need to be aware of our children as worshippers. Like me, my children also have a tendency to replace God with other idols. They are not the same for each child. In each case, I need to prayerfully consider how I can help them to keep these idols from displacing the Lord as the only true God.
Heavenly Father, You alone are God and there is no other. All else pales in comparison to You. Awaken our hearts to Your majesty and teach us how to love You above all else. Amen.