Do You Have Idols Hiding In Your Life?

What Is An Idol?

An idol is something that you worship. Many people cannot understand what an idol is because when they hear the word idol, they think of the Old Testament where goddesses and gods carved out of wood and gold.

So What Is An Idol?

An idol is something God has created which is used as a god.

The dictionary defines it as an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship.

You start using this image to get revelation, insight, acceptance instead of going to God, the Creator of all things.

I don’t really like the word “image” because I think it changes what we see in our minds. But keep in mind an image is a representation of something.

You start to see this image as your source. Your source of income, your source of fertility, your source of safety, your source of wisdom, or your source of health.

These can be idols in your life.

You may have a full-time job. This job provides income to support yourself and your family. God is your ultimate source of income, and He is using your workplace to provide the paystub.

To see your workplace as your source of income puts your workplace in a position that is higher than God.

The same rings true with your spouse or children. These can become idols as well.

Anything can become an idol in your life.

God is the creator of all things. He has given us tools to help us in life. But we need to remember that they are tools.

Let’s talk about your cell phone…yes, I am going there!

Your cell phone is a tool you can use to communicate with others. If there becomes a point that you feel you need to have it and it takes the place of you communicating with God…we have an issue.

People can also be an idol. Needing approval from others rather than seeking God’s approval.

God has not called us to worship the things that He has created, because He knows the things He created on earth are temporal.

You are made in the image of God. Looking to anyone for approval whether it is your spouse or not, leads you to see them as your source of happiness.

They become your need for happiness, replacing God as your need for joy. People will come to an end at some point, but God is eternal. God doesn’t’ want you to have temporal happiness, but joy unspeakable and full of glory.

God created all things for Himself. Which includes, the trees, the clouds, people, the stars and the moon.

Some people look to the stars and moon for guidance. This again is idolatry because instead of going to the Source, the Creator of these things, you are going to the created things for answers.

The stars and the universe were created by God. Going to the stars for answers instead of God is saying they are your source of understanding.

Why Do We Have Idols?


We have idols because of our lack of faith. Faith is believing in something we do not see.

It still takes faith to trust the stars and the universe for answers, but the difference is, we can see the stars and the moon, but we can’t see God with our physical eyes.

A relationship with God is built by faith.

But it can be much easier to trust in something we can see.

You can see the money from your work going into your bank account. You can see the car that drives you from point A to B. You can see the stars in the sky shining brightly.

Remember that song, “Starlight, star bright, the first I see tonight.”

I remember that song as a child. I would look out my window at night before going to bed and start singing…“I wish I may, I wish I might have the wish I wish tonight.”

Then I would close my eyes tightly and make a wish before going to bed. Then I would wait expectingly.

I don’t know the origin of that song and I don’t want to get into it, but what I do know is I was looking to that bright star as my source instead of praying at night to my true Source, that created that star.

I know many of us have done that…don’t lie. There is no shame in it once you confess it and repent.

God is invisible and so is His kingdom, so in our own understanding, it is easier to trust the things we see.

But to get into the Kingdom Of God is by faith.

I believe that’s why God doesn’t look for only the educated to follow Him. That would disqualify many of us from receiving His free gift of salvation. Everyone has been given faith, but we don’t all have the same education, so we ALL have a chance to receive from Him.

Idolatry is something that affects our walk with God and can be a big topic to cover.

In my next post, we will look into how we create idols and how to identify an idol in your life. Stay tuned.

Until next time…

Take care and God bless.

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31 thoughts on “Do You Have Idols Hiding In Your Life?”

  1. Yes! Nowadays so many things can become an idol. I have had it on my heart lately about social media as an idol. Oftentimes we see people get affirmation and attention on social media so their platform takes on their whole identity. They get their value or worth from the applause or lack thereof online. As you mentioned anything can be an idol and we must be constantly analyzing our lives and hearts and asking God to reveal any idols we may be carrying. Great post!

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  2. Cell phone yes! I never thought of it that way but these days my life seems to revolve around it. I can remember when life was more simple before cell phones were created. Thanks for a great reminder. God above all else.

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  3. “We have idols because of our lack of faith.” This was convicting but in a good way. And yes, the cell phone can become an idol so easily. Especially, when I convince myself that I am just on it all the time to support my ministry. This is a great reminder to stay focused on God and to grow my faith in Him.

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  4. First of all, I LOVE that you read this as well as write it! Thank you for that. I know it takes twice as much effort but I love hearing you read your own words. And second, such great wisdom here! Thanks for pushing me to think through possible idols in my own heart.

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  5. I read this post earlier and actually pinned it because I enjoyed it so much! There are so many things in our lives that can become an idol. I think it’s definitely something we all struggle with. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  6. Beautifully said Elizabeth. “You start to see this image as your source.” How simple and yet how true those words are. It was very important that you touched upon the issue of the cell phone too. I certainly needed to be reminded of that. So, thank you for that. May God continue to use you to reach out to many 🙂

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  7. I have to be careful I don’t my friends or what I do an idol of mine. It breaks my heart to think of having idols that hurt God’s heart, but we are all so prone to wander. Thank you for this timely and eye opening post. I need to ask God if I have one I’m not aware of …

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  8. John Calvin said, “the human heart is an idol factory.” Its so true that we often must ask like David for the Lord to reveal any secret sin or idols to keep us clean. Thank you for making this clear.

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  9. This was so good. It can be so easy to fall into the trap of idolatry. Thanks for this gently reminder of where our focus should be. Blessings, Joni

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  10. This is a great post to go along with what I’ve been reading in Ezekiel. God brought utter destruction to the people who worshipped and wept over idols instead of waiting upon Him. May we not be a destructive people and remember to look to Jesus as our only source of truth.

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  11. This is really good! God is our Source! I love the explanation of idols as whatever we look to as our source when we should view God as our only Source.
    Blessings!

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  12. One of the most challenging aspects is to realize who we look up to and how they become our personal idols. I liked how you said this: “You start to see this image as your source. Your source of income, your source of fertility, your source of safety, your source of wisdom, or your source of health.” I believe one of the biggest idols we are seeing is the worship of Government over God. I’ve also seen, over the years, people creating pastors as idols. Good information and simple truths.

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