maybe if i hadn’t spent so much time, energy, and emotion into building that idol, it wouldn’t hurt so bad to tear it down. it shifts the focus of my mind, the way i communicate, the way i relate.
that one idol, the one prevailing perspective is coming down. i cannot say it is an enjoyable process. i can say it is necessary.
and the more i search the Truth, the more i find that my “little idols”, one no less damaging but more confined to certain areas of life, all lead back to one main idol: the desire to be “normal”.
and though we can wax poetic about what “normal” is or that “normal” doesn’t exist, those are just words and philosophies. my idol, the vine from which other idolatry stems is that one, consistent thought: will i ever be normal?
and the standards by which a “normal” life would be “achieved” are all ones that have been blown out of the water–multiple times. you would think i would learn quicker. but idols are powerful. and this “normal” idol shadows so much of my life. God reveals time and again and in different ways how damaging this idol is in my life. yet my grasp held strong.
well, that’s over. no more chipping away at the set-in-stone idol. no more hiding it. no more thinking that if i ignore it maybe i will feel better about it all. instead of these wimpy, wishy-washy, ridiculous approaches to limiting its pull in my life, drastic and complete measures need to be taken.
that idol has been kicked off it’s pedestal and shattered into dust. the dust swept up and tossed out. and the pedestal shattered with the force of a 100-ton mallet so that it can never hold another creation again. a favorite verse resonates:
“For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” –Romans 1:25
anything that challenges God will be destroyed. whether that is you or something you have set in your heart against God, He will come after it. and his persistence cannot be matched.
He will make Himself known in your life. and in the process getting you to give up your idols, He knows the obstacles that stand in the way of His children’s success.
“The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out boldly. Then the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea…As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after the, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord. Then they said to Moses, ‘…for it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.’
But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.
The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.’
Then the lord said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land. As for Me, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. Then the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord, when I am honored through Pharaoh, through his chariots and his horsemen.’
The angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night.
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided. The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on the dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them into the midst of the sea.” –Exodus 14:8-23
not only will God create a way out of the bondage of idolatry, He will destroy the idol with it. in the account of Exodus, Egypt would know that God was the one true God and He would be honored in their destruction. the same is true for the destruction of idols in my life and yours.
God will come, behind and before, standing in way of your utter destruction at the hands of the idol. He will tell you to go forth, even when there seems to be an insurmountable obstacle, and He may even arrange for the idol to chase you. And as you walk by faith away from that which enslaves you, He will destroy it.
And when He does, those in your life who see you freed from that bondage will know that He is the Lord God. And He will be honored.
No idol is too big. No faith is too small. Trust His leading and He will do the rest. “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” –Exodus 14:14. He will do the fighting. You do the following. And be amazed at what happens when we place our utter and complete faith in the hands of the Almighty God.