“This is what the Lord says—Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies:
“I am the First and the Last; there is no other God.” Isaiah 44:6 (NLT)
What would you think about someone who bowed down to a piece of wood? Someone who made a piece of wood her god and allowed that piece of wood to rule her life bowing down before it each morning and asking a piece of wood to guide them and protect them. Sounds kind of ridiculous to me and yet that is what many single parents do.
They allow things, a job, a new love, ex-relatives, social networking or their children to rule their lives. For example they may not bow down to Facebook every morning but they run to Facebook first thing when they wake and say goodnight on it the last thing before closing their eyes each night. They feel sad and despondent when their friends don’t “Like” something they have posted. All day long they check their Facebook to see who has commented, friended them or tagged them in a post.
God tells us in His word that there is to be no other God in our lives. There are no exceptions. In chapter 44 of Isaiah we learn about a man who goes out and chops a piece of wood. He uses this wood to cook his food and keep him warm. He also uses this wood to fashion a god. He then worships his man-made god. In doing all of this the man never thinks to ask himself, “Why am I bowing down to a block of wood and something that I made?” Or in today’s world, “Why am allowing something like Facebook to control my life?”
In Isaiah 44:19 “The person who made the idol never stops to reflect, “Why, it’s just a block of wood! I burned half of it for heat and used it to bake my bread and roast my meat. How can the rest of it be a god? Should I bow down to worship a piece of wood?”
Who or what have you made into a god? For many single parents their entire life’s goal is to find another person to love them. They are sure they can’t do this parenting thing alone so they reach out to the first person that comes along. This new love becomes their god.
For some single parents a job can become their god. These are the people that not only throw themselves into their work, but they work extra hours at their place of business and when at home with the kids they are online working late into the night. When not working they are obsessing about issues at work.
Some even make their children their god. These parents hover over their kids. They are never without their children even bringing them to adult only fellowships. Not a move is made unless it benefits the children.
Exercise to keep oneself fit is good. Being a conscientious worker and doing your best is good. When making a decision thinking about how it will affect your children in the long run is good. Even making good friends or dating can be good. However, any time you do these things in excess and put them before the Lord, you are asking for trouble. Make no mistake God will not be mocked.
What are you worshiping or what is your block of wood? Shopping? Friends? Children? Exercise? Ex spouse? New love? The list can go on and on. The decision is yours.