What Do We Worship In Place of God?

Judges 17:10-11
10 Then Micah said to him, “Live with me and be my father and priest, and I’ll give you ten shekels of silver a year, your clothes and your food.” 11 So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man was to him like one of his sons.

This Scripture is part of a larger story in the Book of Judges about Micah, who has constructed a shrine to a silver idol in his home–he has asked this Levite man to be his in-home “priest,” trying to make his shrine more “legitimate” somehow. Micah treats the Levite well and seems to be a fine, upstanding man, but the fact is that Micah is not worshipping God–he’s spending time caring for his idols and carven images.

At the end of this story, Micah’s town is invaded by the tribe of Dan, who carries off his precious idols and uses them in their own worship instead. This is characteristic of the stories in Judges, which show how the Israelites worshipped with only the occasional mention of God among idols and pagan ideas. The idols, in the end, could not protect themselves and proved themselves powerless, and yet the Israelites continued to worship them.

In our lives, there are things we worry about and nearly worship just as much as Micah cared for his helpless idols. For some of us, it may be an object like a car, a computer, a phone, or a house; for others, it may be concepts like prestige, reputation, honor, or social standing. Anything that gets in the way of our worship of God, as I’ve mentioned in earlier Biblical interpretation, can be considered an “idol.” I myself get overprotective about my items of technology (like my laptop and phone), because they are worth a lot of money and I use them on a daily basis. Yet I know that if something were to happen to any of these items, God would provide for me.

In order to get our worship back on track, we have to remember that God is in control of everything; we should not worry about the helpless idols in our lives who can’t even defend themselves, just like Micah’s idols could not defend themselves against being carried away. Instead, we should place trust in God that He will provide us with everything we need, and not worry about those objects or concepts–God will take care of them, too.

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