The Bible clearly shows us that we give certain things to our idol, and understanding this helps us identify our idols.
- We LOVE our idol. We love it most. We are devoted to it, passionate about it, and think about it all the time.
- We SERVE our idol. We work hard to satisfy it's demands and expectations. When it seems that we are falling short of its demands, our emotions (anger, worry, fear, envy) tip us off that we are not measuring up to our idol's expectations.
- We TRUST IN our idol. We truly expect that if we succeed in satisfying our idol, it will bring us joy, contentment and meaning.
"Then they sweep past like the wind and go on—guilty people, whose own strength is their god" (Habakuk 1:11).