PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 2 Kings 17-18
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Burning incense to the bronze snake Moses had made. It was called Nehushtan.” (2 Kings 18:4)
We were made to worship: to love, trust and serve God with our lives.
All humans worship, but ever since the Fall humans worship the wrong things.
Whatever we love and trust and serve becomes our God.
We see in these chapters that God’s people were still worshipping… the wrong gods.
Someone has said that the human heart is an idol factory.
We turn objects, people, desires, dreams, etc. into the things we love, trust and serve.
As Jesus followers we are not immune from this, we fall into the same trap.
We worship success, money, personal ambition, our opinions, our reputation.
We worship our own happiness… we devote our time, talents and treasures to it!
We even worship the things that were meant to point to God – like the bronze snake.
We worship our churches, denominations, doctrines, worship styles or instruments.
We love, trust and serve our opinions as if our rightness is what makes us right with God.
Idolatry is something we all fall into, and religious idolatry is often the most subtle.
The Spirit is nudging me to discern the gifts of God I worship – my own Nehushtan.
Lord, I sense you challenging me to stop loving, trusting and serving my own theological opinions and bible interpretations. Show me the idols that are getting between me and you!