Beware the Last Days Idol
Daily Devotional for November 4th
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 2 Timothy 3:1-4
In ancient times, the nations and kindreds of the world worshipped many different forms of idols such as Sin; the original moon god, Ra the original serpent god who was the chief idol in Egypt and so forth. Down through the ages, the idols that men worship have changed, but idol worship remains one of the earth’s great scourges.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying life. The Lord wants you to. Most things in this life are pure and innocent in themselves. Sports, hunting, fishing, dieting, exercise, makeovers etc. are not sinful but can become objects of worship. If your life is driven by things such as this, it is a sign that you have become God in your own life. As Christians, we must forever be aware of the possibility that we can place harmless things in front of God. Once we do, it, whatever the it may be, will become an idol.
Paul describe to the young preacher Timothy that there would be an idol in the last days but it would be different than any other. Anything we put before God becomes an idol. In this passage, Paul reveals the idol of the last days would be. It’s surprisingly not an image to bow down to, but the man in the mirror; self. Lovers of their own selves… This has never been more evident than in this generation.
Satan doesn’t care what you put before God as long as you put something. Our generation suffers greatly from the care of self over everything else. It tragically brings everything else on in Paul’s list of perilous times signs. Covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers etc.; all of these things result when we place ourselves above everything. In these last days, the devil’s tactics will be to exalt the man/woman over anything else.
This scripture does not say that people wouldn’t love God, but that they would be lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. Have we fulfilled this scripture in our own life? Do we love the Lord, but love pleasures more? We must guard ourselves against the reality that self desires the throne of our heart. Jesus revealed that in order to follow Him, we must deny self, take up the cross and follow Him. Don’t allow your self to become your object of worship. Don’t allow your pleasures to be the most important need in your life or the thing that influences every priority. We must keep God first. If we keep Him first, everything else will fall in order.