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Who Is First In Our Lives?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

“With their silver and gold they made idols for themselves, to their own destruction.” (Isaiah 8:4)


In modern times, the word “idol” often brings to mind a rock star, i.e., “American Idol,” or maybe some weird little statue that hearkens back to more primitive times.

The first two of the Ten Commandments warn believers to not have any gods before our Heavenly Father, and to not make for yourself an image to bow down and worship. It’s interesting that the Apostle John ended his first letter to the church with this warning: “Dear children, keep yourself from idols.” We see in today’s scripture readings more than one caution about idols. So maybe it’s something we must take more seriously than a TV show or weird little statue.

In my Christian walk, I’ve come to understand that an idol can be anything that I place above God in my life. It might be a material possession. It might be a job. It might be another person who always comes first. It might be my own hopes and dreams. Too often, it’s myself that I like to place at the center of my attention. Too often, it’s my own puny strength and wisdom that I put my trust in.

I think God warned us about idols because they have no power to save. They have no power to heal. They have no power to comfort. We come up empty when we follow idols.

God is too great to be replaced with anything else. Through Christ Jesus, he invited me to be among his people. The very least I can do is invite him to be Lord and King of my life. The very least I can do is make following him my top priority in life.


Dear Father,

it’s easy to think that we’re beyond the sin of idolatry,

yet too often, we put something ahead of You in our lives.

Please forgive us.

Please reorder our priorities so that nothing comes before You.

Help us to remember that only You have the power to comfort, heal and save.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Donna Farris
Lead Writer/Editor, Avera

HOSEA 8:4-7, 11-13 • PSALM 115:3-4, 5-6, 7AB-8, 9-10 • MATTHEW 9:32-38

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