Have you ever thought about the things that may be hindering your connection with God? Those distractions you know compete for your attention and take away the time you could spend with Him. They’re like little idols that sneak into our lives without us even realizing it. In this blog, let’s explore some common idols that might be standing in the way of building fruitful relationships with God.
First off, let’s talk about our understanding.
It’s easy to lose focus on God when we don’t fully comprehend what’s happening around us. We tend to overanalyze situations from every possible angle, and when things don’t go as expected, we end up feeling discouraged and disillusioned. But here’s the thing: God calls us to trust Him, even when we don’t understand (Prov. 3:5-6). So, let’s resist the temptation to rely solely on our understanding and place our trust in Him.
Another idol that often creeps into our lives is a sense of security.
We, humans, like to be in control and prefer the comfort of predictability. We crave steady incomes, reliable resources, and predictable outcomes. When we’re faced with uncertainty or forced to wait, our sense of security gets shaken, and we start to doubt God’s faithfulness. It’s important to remember that He’s always there for us, even when our circumstances seem shaky.
Now, let’s talk about goals and dreams.
Pursuing our ambitions is great, but sometimes we get so caught up in achieving our objectives that we forget the bigger picture. We lose sight of the eternal life and the purpose that God has for us. Our dreams can become idols that take precedence over God’s plans for us. So, let’s make sure we align our desires with His will and prioritize His purpose above all else.
Relationships can also become idols in our lives.
Sometimes, we find ourselves constantly drawn back to certain individuals or groups, no matter how hard we try to focus on God. Feelings of rejection, fear, or bitterness may arise from these relationships, and they can drive a wedge between us and God instead of bringing us closer to Him. It’s important to address these issues and seek healing and restoration in our relationships, keeping God at the center.
The past can also hold us back from deepening our relationship with God.
When we go through difficult experiences, we often question why God allowed us to suffer. We may even hold onto pain, harbor unforgiveness, or allow the actions of others to shape our perception of God. These negative experiences can become idols that hinder our faith and trust in Him. Instead, let’s choose to let go of the past and embrace God’s love and healing in our lives.
Lastly, let’s not forget about our hobbies and forms of entertainment.
Activities like sports, shopping, television, exercise, social media, and other interests are not inherently wrong, but they can become idols if they consume more of our time and attention than our relationship with God. It’s all about finding a balance and ensuring that we prioritize our connection with Him above our leisure activities.
Here’s a powerful truth: when you surrender something to God, He gives you something even greater in return. I can personally attest to this in my own life. Trust me when I say that you can place complete faith and trust in God. When you make Him the number one priority in your life, blessings will flow abundantly, and your time of waiting on Him will become easier and more fruitful than you can imagine.
So, let’s take a moment to reflect on our lives and ask God to reveal any idols that may be standing in the way of our relationship with Him. And when He reveals let’s work on removing them from our lives.