In reality, the things of God are not on my mind most of the time. Just when I think I’ve got the material world beaten, I get sidetracked. Life is full of opportunities to dwell and fixate on things that keep our mind captivated and not thinking about God.
I am not immune to wondering whether my glasses or haircut make a statement—my current fixation is to get thin again. Possibly your fixations are not material things or wanting the esteem of others, but you have a secret fear or an emotion that overwhelms and makes you do things that you know are wrong. The Bible clearly tells us that whatever it is that hijacks our time and energy has become an idol to us—whether it is persons, ideas or possessions.
My life is full of idols—everything I obsess about, stupid inanities. But, God desires that we wholly and fully worship him with everything in our life. He said that we must choose to resolve in our heart to be different. We must resolve every day to change our patterns—to choose Yahweh every day. This is not just an intellectual “making up of our mind” but on some level we must decide every day where we put our affections.
We all have idols. It is what we do about them that matters most to God.
Isaiah 40 says, lift your eyes and look! There are moments living in the city that I feel like I cannot see or hear God because I am so distracted by the noise of my life. So, I drive outside of town and look up at the starry expanse. It is then that I come face to face with my Creator. I know with certainty God’s compassion and promise of restoration, that Yahweh forgives me for my idolatry, and I cry, “Oh God, is my heart truly yours? Make it so!”
God is asking for our mind and heart—in our solitude, spending habits, health, body image, need for human approval, self-esteem, reputation, relationships, financial anxiety—in our fixation on anything other than Yahweh.
Let us worship and live for him.