When Idols Multiply

When Idols Multiply

It began with one.

One croak. One ribbit. One slimy green frog.

And then there were too.

Too many.

Way too many.

Frogs in the pantry.

Frogs in the bathroom.

Frogs in the bed.

Pharaoh summoned Moses, ready to compromise with the God of the Hebrews in exchange for a little extermination work.

God exterminated them all right. Check out Exodus 8:13-14, “And the LORD did what Moses asked. The frogs died in the houses, in the courtyards and in the fields. They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them.”

Our idols are that way too. They look innocent enough. Shiny green skin. Great jumping ability. Cool elastic tongues. We turn our affection from God to chase them for a while.

And they’re cute at first.

Until they multiply and touch everything, everywhere.

Like Pharaoh, we have a choice. Live with them, or turn to God.

When God shows up, He removes all competitors.

And the idols reek as they lay in piles, dead and decaying.

So, here’s your training:

  1. What is taking your affection from God? Is it a pet sin? A bad habit? Work?
  2. How is it affecting you? What areas of your life is it invading?
  3. What does God’s Word say about it?
  4. If it multiplied, what would it look like?

Ask God to kill it and to show you the truth of that idol in all its reeking, decaying glory. Then, return to the One who is worthy of your attention, affection, and allegiance.

Nail your spiritual workouts and change your corner of the gym.

Workout of the Week: When Idols Multiply

Memory Verse: “And the LORD did what Moses asked. The frogs died in the houses, in the courtyards and in the fields. They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them.” Exodus 8:13-14

Meditation Passage: Exodus 8:1-15

Just Do It: Exterminate the frogs.

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