“They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the Lord’s command not to imitate them.” 7:15
Isn’t that so true? We become what we devote ourselves to. We start acting like the people we spend time with, or the culture we imitate.
I think God designed us that way, incredibly impressionable, with the intent that we would become more like him. But because he also designed us with free will, we get to choose what we give ourselves over to.
I’m highly impressionable. Easily influenced. It’s a beautiful quality to have, when I devote myself to God’s word and spend time with godly people. (Not so great when you’re in college, surrounded by peers and haven’t decided Who You Are yet, by the way.)
Yesterday Bethany prompted us to think about what we’re still holding on to, hesitant to submit to God. The verse above has me also wondering what’s initiating my idolatry? What are the things that provoke my heart to wander and what can I do to avoid them?
Luckily the Holy Spirit is our modern-day Hezekiah and can come in, sweeping away the useless idols of our heart. But that’s damage control. What is influencing us? Who do we look up to and whose behavior do we emulate?
Join me in taking inventory of your heart today.