God often challenges me to assess whether I have been led astray into the sad practice of idolatry—especially when my soul begins to feel deprived of His presence. He gives my life its core meaning. Idolatry strips us of our deepest sense of value and significance.

What is idolatry anyway? Idolatry is placing something (or someone) in the place of God. Idolaters love their idol; look to it for their sense of worth; trust their idol to keep them secure; and thus, become willingly enslaved to it. Like the children of Israel, who were enslaved over and over again in the Old Testament for worshipping idols, I, too, have been an idolater. For example, I’ve made a man my idol by looking to him for my sense of worth and security and thus became willingly enslaved with trying to please him. I’ve also idolized money and my career.

Idolatry made me a slave to people and things that could never love me like God does.

However, when God became the center of my life, these things were dethroned. But I must remember that keeping God on the throne of my heart is a daily challenge! When I do—then gloriously, the Creator of my soul wraps me into the arms I was made to be loved by, and I know, without a doubt that I am His child. In His love, I’m freed from my desire to be loved by the world.

When God gives us our sense of worth and security, we long to love Him more than anything else. His presence dethrones the idols. He fits our soul like a glove. The value that our Heavenly Father gives us, compels us to love Him, worship Him, trust Him and serve Him.

“This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?” (Psalms 18:30-31‬) 

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