Here’s a hard question: If we know and believe worshipping idols cannot satisfy us, why do we still struggle to choose loving God over being devoted to the things of this world?
Perhaps one of the reasons we turn away from the Lord is because He requires authenticity and righteousness that our idols don’t. When we construct our idols, we can control them—ultimately, that puts us in charge. But we cannot control God.
In Psalm 135, we read that idols “have mouths, but they do not speak; they have eyes, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear, nor is there any breath at all in their mouths. Those who make them will be like them, yes, everyone who trusts in them” (Psalm 135:16-18).
An idol—which doesn’t issue commands, hold us accountable, or hear if we’re being untruthful—can in many ways feel safer than the Lord. But we have to ask another difficult question: Is false security worth it?