It’s ironic that season 10 of American Idol started last night. It is one of my favorite shows, but I realize that so much of the contestants’ participation in the contest is based on their own desires and temptations.
They want to become an idol by worshiping one.
What are their idols? Money? Fame? Acceptance? Recognition? We don’t really know. Only God knows their hearts.
But, my thoughts throughout much of the last couple of days has revolved around the question, what idol am I seeking to worship by giving in, or even considering, my human temptations and desires?
No Other Gods Before Me
Throughout the Bible, idols were created to represent or take the place of God, and no matter the instance there was always one response:
“Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden.”
~ Deuteronomy 4:23~
Then it goes on to say why:
“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”
God wants nothing else to take the place of Him in our lives. He is jealous of all other idols that we choose to worship and will not bless any action if taken to satisfy the desires of our own hearts. If we audition to become the next American Idol, it should be because God has directed us to that opportunity, and it should be for the purpose of being obedient to his direction and making him famous. Nothing else.
So it is with every other desire that we have in our life. The desire for acceptance. The desire for prosperity. The desire for a thrill. They take the place of God, and they begin to mold how we make decisions, how we respond to temptation, how we interact with the people we come in contact with.
So, you see, by focusing our decisions, our plans, and our lives around the wants and desires of our human hearts, we are worshiping those idols. We are not living lives of worship of God by basing every decision on what gets us the best result, the biggest thrill, or what satisfies the temptation towards sin in our hearts.
One Final Thought
Psalm 37:4 states:
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
I have heard this interpreted two ways. First, God satisfies the desires that we have if we simply seek him first in all things. Second, if we are seeking him only, then he will show us the true desires of our hearts. In fact, he will place those desires in us so that his purpose can be fulfilled through us.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
So, today, I ask you: What idol are you worshiping by giving in to the temptations and desires of your heart?