For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them. – 2 Kings 17:12, 15
Spending more time than usual with my husband and kids recently has reminded me how much we become like the people with whom we surround ourselves.
Not a bad thing, in my case – my family members each have traits I should emulate.
But have you ever noticed that we can also reflect other influences in our lives? Music, books, social media or any form of on-screen entertainment, for example, can shape our thoughts, fill our hearts, and eventually reveal itself in what we say and do.
Even the thoughts and feelings which we allow to dominate our spirits will become apparent to others.
For the Israelites, that idea translated to idol worship. Rather than separating themselves from the Godless people around them, the Israelites embraced them and their culture, and even worshiped their false gods.
The Hebrew word for “vanity,” hebel, means “air,” “delusion,” or “emptiness.” The passage above reveals that the Israelites became just like the stone idols they worshiped – empty, lifeless, heartless.
That idea caused me to consider what my “gods” are, and how I am becoming like them.
If God is foremost in my life, then I will become more like him every day.
But if I allow him to be displaced by anything else – anxiety, screen time, busyness, even my family – then those things will become my gods, and I will begin to be shaped by them instead.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33
How do you keep God as the only “god” in your life? I welcome your comments.