“Cursed is anyone who makes an idol–a thing detestable to the Lord, the work of skilled hands–and sets it up in secret.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” Deuteronomy 27:15
What happens behind closed doors is often thought of as one’s own private affairs and that no one else should be concerned about it. It is behind the closed doors that many people reveal their true desires. In their hearts they will often set up idols in their lives and worship them above God.
People have the freedom to do what they desire and believe that there should be no outside consequences.
Moses told the people that anyone who sets up an idol in secret is cursed and the people agreed.
An idol is anything that is put up before God, whether a physical or non-physical thing. While the majority of people around the world do not set up a physical idol to worship it, most do make idols out of things they have both physical and non-physical.
Very few people want to be cursed. They desire to have blessings and favor. This is especially true of believers who have chosen to follow God. Yet, many will allow idols to be set up in their private lives behind closed doors.
Things or people are allowed to take the place of God. More time, money and effort are placed in these things than with God. Most often these things are set up as idols in the heart and mind, rather than in the open on a mantel.
According to God’s word one is cursed if he has allowed this or done this in his life. God’s hand of favor is lifted from the believer who has allowed an idol in his life.
God should be the one to take priority over everything and everyone else in the life of the believer, never allowing an idol to take His place.
As a believer, God should take first place in every area of your life. Put God on the throne, not some false idol in your life. Nothing in this life should take more of your time and effort than God. If anything does, it is an idol, and you will be cursed by God.
Ask God to reveal to you if you have any idols in your life. Cast out any idols in your life and worship and serve God alone.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will worship God alone; that God will give you strength to remove any idols in your life; that you will be blessed by God, not cursed; and that your life will be one wholly dedicated to God.
Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:2
While some people openly do corrupt and sinful actions, most people like to have their faults hidden as the refuse to get rid of the faults and reconcile them. They do everything they can to cover up any faults or shameful ways in their lives, wanting to look good to everyone else.
Paul tells the people that he has renounced all shameful ways and deception. He opens himself up to the people to see who he really is as he only speaks God’s truth.
Just as it is in the world with covering up bad thoughts and actions, many in the church do the same thing. Many walk around as though they are perfect and everyone else a failure, while refusing to change certain sinful actions.
While a believer will always have some faults, he must continually strive to overcome them, not just accept them and cover them up to look good. Acting like this is deception and a lie. It is not showing the true words of God.
To fully follow Jesus, one must be willing to renounce all secret and shameful ways–sin. These are not just the outward actions everyone can see, but also the inner thoughts that are secret and no one can see.
The believer must be living his life in such a way that he is willing to allow others to look at his life, as a open book, and see if there is anything wicked in it. Just as David asked God to examine his life to see if there is any wickedness, the believer can seek God and others to examine his life.
If there are any thoughts or actions that you know you have that are secret and shameful sins, you need to repent before God and renounce them. Begin today to live your life completely sold out to God.
Allow God and others to see the true inner you and then be willing to change to be more like Christ every day. Be an open book to others and to God, so that God can make you into a new creation that does not need to be ashamed of anything in your life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to see your inner heart; that you will live so much for God, that others can see it; and that you will repent before God and man of all secret and shameful sins in your life.