We talked about 1 Kings 18 this week in our focus passage and in it we see a bold challenge of the prophet Elijah against all the false prophets of Baal. It is good to remember, as our discussion led us to, that not all idols are cast in gold or silver. We all have idols that are far more sneaky that find places to take root in our lives. We give too much time and attention to certain activities, we place our trust and hope in things or people that do not deserve it, or we find our worth outside of the love of God. Whenever we do so we are making something into an idol–and this can even happen to good things.
Whatever draws us from God needs to be examined and we must be ruthless in removing all that hinders our relationship with him.
Let us take 1 Kings 18 as warning as well as these words from the Psalmist:
The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
they have eyes, but do not see;
they have ears, but do not hear,
nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them become like them,
so do all who trust in them.