Idol- any thing on which we set our affections; that to which we indulge an excessive and sinful attachment.
People may think of an idol as a wooden or golden carved image that you bow down to worship or give a sacrifice to. This concept is still very true, but today in the 21st century, idols can be anything that takes up your time. Idols can range from TV shows, video games, books, music, toys, technology, sleep, hobbies, shopping, food, social media, people, money, etc. God is to come first in our lives above all else, and if something gets in the way of that, it’s an idol. In Exodus 34:14 God says that He is a jealous God; and in Exodus 20:3, He says that we must not have any other gods but Him. The lowercase “g” in “gods” is defined as, “any person or thing exalted too much in estimation.” In other words, people or things that take up the majority of your time is a god in your life. God will not tolerate coming in second, so it is your job to make sure He’s first in all that you do.
We have a tendency to gratify our flesh, and when we do, we don’t please God. The reason is the flesh is sinful. Your flesh will always want you to feed it no matter the cost because it wants what it wants when it wants it. This is by no means saying that you can’t have fun and enjoy yourself, but if the things you like doing are sinful and take away from spending time with God, then it’s a problem. There are people who will play video games all day, but haven’t spoken a word to God, and then there are people who will go their whole day without acknowledging God, and when they finally remember, He has become an afterthought. God thinks about us all the time and yearns to spend quality time with us on a daily basis, so why can’t we give Him the same courtesy instead of trying to fit him in when we have nothing else to do?
Everything that’s meant for entertainment isn’t necessarily appropriate for a Christian; and if you let the world dictate what you watch, listen to, and participate in, you’re in big trouble. Run your entertainment and hobbies by God and ask Him to show you what you need to cut back on, cut out, and/or modify. You can even be bold enough to ask him to take away the desire in you to watch, listen to, or do the things you know aren’t good for you but you’re having trouble letting them go. When I got ahold of this revelation, it was painful at first, but when God showed me what I had to let go, I notice now that I don’t even miss it. He’s given me better replacements to enjoy. God knows what’s best for you regardless of what you may think. Your flesh will throw a fit, but your spirit will rejoice, and God will be pleased. In reality, that’s all that matters anyway. Until you make God the first priority in your life, in your time, and in your day, nothing will work out how you will like it to. He should be at the forefront of it all. So what is consuming your time that you need to turn over to the Lord?
Meditation Scripture (s):
Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless. (Mark 4:19 AMPC)
Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith… (Hebrews 12:2 AMPC)