Crushing Our Idols
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24
If you wish to see what idolatry looks like, examine the life of Rachel. Rachel’s life was marked by bitterness, discontent, and want—ultimately, idolatry. She worshipped something many women still do today: motherhood. She had won the love of Jacob, and now she wanted children. Her sister was given children, but she was not. Rachel saw motherhood as her only source of joy, to the point that she said if she didn’t have children she would die (Genesis 30:1).
In order to get the children she wanted, she handed her servant over to Jacob to be his wife and bear children for her. She even sold her husband to her sister for the night in order to get mandrakes from her (a fruit that was believed to help fertility).
Finally, God gave Rachel the son she so desperately wanted. But what was her response? It wasn’t gratitude or contentment. Instead, at his birth she declared, “May the Lord add to me another son!” (Genesis 30:24).
Rachel was not content in God, and she didn’t trust him to not withhold any good thing from her (Psalm 84:11). Rather than being satisfied in God, she constantly sought more. She was willing to do whatever it took to get this idol she so desired. But even when she received it, it wasn’t good enough.
No idol will ever satisfy. Only God does. And our hearts cannot be torn between worshipping him and idols. You must choose—will you serve your idols, or will you serve God alone? You cannot have two masters. Will you live a life of continual dissatisfaction and constant want, or will you place your trust and love in God alone?
God, please reveal to me any idols I have hidden away in my heart. Open my eyes to see how I have split my worship between you and other things. Show me how I have chosen to worship the created things rather than you, my Creator. Teach me to love and worship you alone.
An idol is anything you love and worship more than God—something that you are willing to sin to get, or sin if you don’t get. Check your heart today and see if there are any idols you are worshipping rather than God.