Ideal Image… Is That an Idol?

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Ideals or Idols

 

Of what value is an idol carved by a craftsman? Or an image that teaches lies? For the one who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.

Habakkuk 2:18 NIV

Entrée:

You shall have no idols before Me, for I am a jealous God.

We know that. Yet do we live it?

Did you see that verse above? What value is an image that teaches lies?

Oh, that takes my breath away, as I see image after magnificent image… on the TV, in a magazine, under the grocery store headlines… scantily clad, perfect bodies that draw me into their perfect lies… you too?

Have I put these images of others as my ideal image for myself? Have I allowed it to become an idol that I chase? Relentlessly. Have you?

Diet. Exercise. Binge & purge. Procedures done. Surgery (contemplated or done). Is this really how so many of us choose to live today? So focused on US and OUR image of who we are supposed to be and how we are supposed to look that we forget HIM who made US?

Have you seen the Word of God describing what He has prepared just for you and me?

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11 thoughts on “Ideal Image… Is That an Idol?

  1. Hi Susan,
    I’m your neighbor at Holley’s link-up today. The older I get, the more I need this reminder you wrote about of God making us beautiful and that he has beautiful things awaiting us! I needed this! 🙂

  2. This is certainly relevant for me, and I struggle with balance here. Yes, I want to be a good steward of the body God has given. But I need not become obsessed with the perfectionism thing, which can only lead to idolatry, as you have made so clear, and now, I’m off to read the rest of the article. Thanks!

  3. sometimes the biggest idol I have is myself if I’m going to be honest. Thank you Susan for reminding us that God desires to be first not only desires expects it and rightly so beautiful post.

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