“You must not have any other god but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.”
~ Exodus 20:3-4 ~ What do you spend the majority of your time thinking about? Is it your career, fitness regimen, weekend plans, children, or husband? In the Bible, God tells His chosen people not to create any idol above God. But if something other than God is consuming your thoughts, it has likely become an idol for you. And it could be positive things! Devoting time to your children, business, or volunteering isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But be cautious if they are consuming the majority of your time and energy and taking your focus away from God.
For me, I had a time where I put my husband on a pedestal. If I was fearful or concerned about something, he was the first person I turned to for comfort. I ran to him for everything. I had created an idol out of my husband.
Now, I’m not saying that wanting my husband’s advice was a bad thing. But if he is always my number one go-to person, that’s wrong. God should be my number one.
I wish it was only young women who fall into the trap of idolizing their husbands and their marriage. I only started to grasp this concept when I was close to age 40 and 20 years into my marriage.
And it is still easy to slip into that mindset, even now. But then I remind myself that my husband is just a man with many faults, and it is ok to be disappointed in him and in our marriage sometimes. That disappointment will never change the way I love or support him. Frankly, if we ever get to the point where we can't be disappointed in them, then we have made an idol of our spouse.
I pray you’ll pause and give serious thought to whether there’s something in your life that you absolutely can not live without. If that answer isn’t God, I would urge you to refocus on Him - the only one in this world who is worthy of that status.
In His love,
Changed Women's Ministry