Seeing the Idols of the Heart

Written on 07/12/2018
Esme Brown

Yesterday’s devotional addressed the need to be pure to the core...pure in heart. Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

Throughout the Old Testament we follow the Israelites who are blinded to seeing God because they were focused on idol worshipping.
But surely that’s not keeping us from seeing God.
We don’t worship graven images.
Thus we’re not idol worshippers.
Or are we?

For most of my life I didn’t see myself as an idol worshipper.
I thought that until recently... when God opened my eyes and showed me that, I too, serve idols.

Idols aren’t only images or statues.
Idols are anything or anyone we place above God in our hearts.
The desires of our flesh we adore...yea those are our idols.
I put the desires of my heart above God, making those desires my idols.
As we read this verse in Matthew and pray that God gives us a pure heart, we must recognize this is a lifelong journey. Part of the journey is identifying the idols of our heart; seeing how those idols block us from focusing on God, seeing Him, desiring more of Him, and serving Him. 

Can we pray for God to remove those idols from our hearts. What are the things in your heart blinding you from seeing God? What are the idols that consume your satisfaction and daily focus?

The good news is this is not something we have to do alone, nor is it something we can do alone. God promises to purify our hearts with His Holy Spirit in us. Let us pray with the scriptures which give us hope in Christ sanctifying His people:

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:7

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” - Psalm 19:14