Proverbs 7:2 Keep my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of your eye.
What have you got your eye on that is interfering with the peace of God in your life? We may not see the blatant idolatry that was written about in the old testament, as in the bowing down to man-made deities like Baal, Ashtaroth, and Dagon, but idolatry is still with us. Anything that we put before our obedience to God’s word, will result in idolatry and eventually to a form of greed. Janwillian van de Wetering said, “Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough.”
Eye candy to one person may not have the same desire for another person. We all have different ideas as to what would make us happy. We have all heard someone say. “If only I had that, then I would be happy.” How many times has this empty statement caused grief in a person’s life? We can get so caught up with an idol, that we do not see the worthlessness of that sparkling bobble that has hooked us by the nose and is leading us astray. Luke 12:15 Then He said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Our prayer to God is to ask for help to be able to see the worthlessness of the idol that is drawing us away from God’s leading. Psalm 119:37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. There is nothing wrong with wanting nice things in life, but not at the cost of our relationship with God. Keep the things of God at the forefront of our hearts and mind so that we see clearly how to live in God’s presence. Prov. 7:2 Keep my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of your eye.
We read the story of Absalom, King David’s son, who craved power and wanted his father’s kingdom so bad that his actions became treasonous. Absalom literally worked the crowd to curry favour with the people of Israel by pointing out the shortcomings of his father’s realm. He pretended to be the man of the people. 2Sam. 15:4 And Absalom would add, “If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that they receive justice.” A true politician of the day.
Power was Absalom’s idol, and it was taking over his good judgment. 2Sam. 15:6 Absalom did this with everyone who came to the king for judgment, and so he stole the hearts of all the people of Israel. Absolom did not earn his position through servanthood, but rather, stole his position by stealing the hearts of the people. This idol had taken over Absolom’s character to the point that he now plotted against his father for the throne. 2 Sam. 15:10 Then Absalom sent agents throughout the tribes of Israel with this message: “When you hear the sound of the ram’s horn, you are to say, ‘Absalom has become king in Hebron! ’ ”
The sad ending to Absalom’s life is as so many people who take their eyes off of God and get all caught up in the mess of their own making. 2Sam. 18:9 Absalom was riding on his mule when he happened to meet David’s soldiers. When the mule went under the tangled branches of a large oak tree, Absalom’s head was caught fast in the tree. The mule under him kept going, so he was suspended in midair. This left him an unprotected target for three well-placed spears in his heart, and he died. 2Sam. 18:14 Joab replied, “I will not wait around like this for you!” He took three spears in his hand and thrust them into the middle of Absalom while he was still alive in the middle of the oak tree.
If you have an idol in your life, then please remember, whatever you have your eye on to the point of an obsession will destroy you. We cannot serve two masters. Matt. 6:24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Either God is your God, or He is just another thing you keep handy until something else catches your eye. This type of fickleness of heart will leave you vulnerable to the darts that the enemy of your soul fires at you to weaken your resolve.
There is nothing on this earth that is worth turning into an idol if it keeps us from fulfilling what God has created us to do and be. There is nothing worth the full focus of our eyes unless it is for God Himself. God created our eyes to look upon His glory and be caught up with Him throughout eternity. Heb. 12:2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus because He is Lord and not some worthless idol.