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Idols Within Reach

I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting since last week to see who our lady of conversation is for this week. Read last week’s post  first, if you want to refresh your memory.

If you want the cliff notes, however, here they are:

  • sometimes we chase dead-end deals that promised so much more;
  • sometimes we go after falsely-labeled relationships and situations; AND
  • sometimes we stay on those paths OR  sometimes we make the choice to change.

Our partner in life I have been thinking about is Gomer. Don’t feel bad if you say, “Gomer Who?” She usually doesn’t make the Top Ten List of Women Portrayed in Church Dramas. (And you don’t hear about her in the Easter or Christmas play either.)

She is found in the book of Hosea. The cliff notes on her are:

  • God told the prophet Hosea to go marry an adulteress woman named Gomer;
  • Hosea does;
  • drama ensues; AND
  • God uses the on again/off again relationship of this prophet and an immoral woman as an object lesson of His own love for His chosen people (the Israelites) who continually reject Him for other gods.

Remember – that was just the cliff notes. Reading the entire 14 chapters of Hosea would be enlightening But, for now, I want to focus on the object lesson.

I first wonder how Gomer felt about being an object lesson. I mean, how would you feel if your name went down in history as an example of WHAT NOT TO DO?

Gomer had a wandering heart. It didn’t stay faithful. She chased dead-ends believing the grass was greener on the other side of the fence; that the one who loved her wasn’t enough to fill the desires of her heart; that surely there had to be more to life than being a prophet’s wife; and maybe that she deserved better than Hosea- or sadly believed she wasn’t good enough for Hosea.

So God chooses to parallel her unfaithfulness with his own people who had wandering hearts. They loved God one month, then chased other gods the next month. They repented another month, then decided the grass was greener where the idols sat on foreign soil. And a few months after the next call to repentance, the Israelites filled the desires of their hearts with any number of other religious acts toward gods other than their true Jehovah God.

Shame on them, we say. How could they do that? Commit idolatry time and time again?

My name isn’t Gomer, but I wonder if my life could be an ugly object lesson also? Oh, I don’t bow down to gold statues or offer sacrifices to unknown deities – but . . . maybe I should consider the definition of “idol” before I get any more smug.

One definition is: any person or thing regarded with admiration, adoration, or devotion.

I have to ask:

  • Have I adored my own  opinion more than God’s will for my actions, words, and thoughts?
  • Have I devoted time to anything that kept me from having enough time to spend with God?
  • Have I been so consumed with wanting people to admire me, accept me, or include me that I compromised godly convictions?

Basically, has anything become more important than God? If so – it fits the four letter word:  i-d-o-l.

I’m just doing some heart surgery right now. How about you? And if we ever get to the point that we think we are immune to being tempted by potential idols, we are sadly mistaken. (Check out my thoughts about idols this week on my Facebook page: Karen Morerod Writer).

And for some additional thoughts on Gomer, check out Michael Card’s song: Song of Gomer.



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10 thoughts on “Idols Within Reach

  1. Love this! Helpful for introspection.

  2. Funny how I give myself LOTS of writing material. Thanks for reading!

  3. charlene on said:

    Yes, I remember when I had my golden palomino many years ago, I felt that we had a bond which I felt with no human being. I loved her so much that I put her above my family and God. She was really my only friend I had, and so I learned after she died that I had made her an idol. This was over 20 years ago, but I learned never to put any animal, or human being above God.

    • You’re right Calista….when we stop and think about what we allow before God, it can be a big wake up call. Charlene, I don’t think Calista meant that toward you.

  4. charlene on said:

    What is “ouch” supposed to mean??? If any kind of response was made regarding what I shared, I would think it would be, “Praise the Lord”, because I wrote that once I made a horse my idol, and through her death, I discovered that no human, or animal should come before God.

    I have my family and friends in my life, but I realize God should have preeminence.

    • Oops – my blunder. Sorry, Charlene, for the misunderstanding. I was totally referring to Karen’s article, not your comment and since I know Karen well, I knew she would understand what I meant. It was thoughtless of me to not consider the placement of my comment and should have added more for clarification.

      I, too, can most definitely relate to putting someone/something before God. As well as the need to put God first. My “ouch” was simply to let Karen know I felt the sting of conviction.

      Please accept my apology.

      • charlene on said:

        Calista, I do accept your apology. You may not read this reply so I will also send it to your email.

        By the way, congratulations on the new grandchild.

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