Today as I was reading in 2 Chronicles I was reading about King Asa. I had read about in Kings but he didn’t seem to stand out before. But this time he has.
King Asa did something very different than most of the other Kings. When he heard the following words he took action.
Listen to me, Asa! he shouted. Listen, all you people of Judah and Benjamin! The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you. For a long time Israel was without the true God, without a priest to teach them, and without the Law to instruct them. But whenever they were in trouble and turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him out, they found him.
During those dark times, it was not safe to travel. Problems troubled the people of every land. Nation fought against nation, and city against city, for God was troubling them with every kind of problem. But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded.
— 2 Chronicles 15:2-7
When Asa heard this he removed all of the idols from Judah and Benjamin and he repaired the altar of the Lord in the Lord’s temple. One habitual sin has seemed to infest God’s people. They worship idols, other gods. It has gotten to the point that I am stunned that they didn’t understand, that they would desire to worship a wooden figurine rather than the creator of the universe. But I have heard people say “How do you know God exists, have you seen him?”. Maybe this is the question that plagues the people of God? Maybe they want to worship what they can see? But these questions are really just excuse, aren’t they? They really didn’t want to worship God. It really is as simple as that. But when Asa clearly heard that if he stays with God, that God would stay with him he gets rid of the things that direct worship to anything else. He desired to be with the one true God, and his actions, not just his words were a testimony to this.
We really need to ask ourselves an important question. Do we truly want to be with God, or would we rather be with our computers, televisions, books, friends, etc.? Do we have idols made of wood? Idols made of metal? Idols made of electronics? I am seeing how serious idols were to God and realize that it is so easy to place idols in our lives that direct our time, thoughts and worship away from God. So we must turn from anything that takes us away from God, and make Him truly Lord of our lives.
I am reading about how Israel worshiped other gods and am surprised, but I look around and see Idols all over our culture and am surprised that I didn’t see things as Idols before. What is an Idol? I can’t say I am 100% sure, but I lean towards anything that we place great value on, so great a value that we would value the thing or person more than we value God.