In a recent conversation with another person, whom I trust I was told that certain things were too important to me. As I oftentimes do when confronted with a hard truth about myself, I reacted. I thought to myself, “No way that that is true of me”. Yet, as I have given more thought to this comment, the truth has prompted me to some self-assessment in this regard. Perhaps my friend’s words have been one of God’s answers to my daily prayer that I will love Him above all else in my life. Have I allowed something else to steal my heart away from God?
This became true of the man, who wrote this statement: Guard your heart (affections), for it affects everything else in your life (Proverbs 4:23). Solomon allowed his involvement with foreign women to turn his heart away after their gods, so that it was not fully devoted to Him. So, what prompted my friend to confront me with this truth? He noticed what I consistently expressed apprehension about and what oftentimes monopolized my words and time. Knowing me well, he recognized how my attitudes were affected by this preoccupation in my life.
In essence, my friend put his finger on an idol in my life. God made it clear in the very first commandment that we are to put no other gods (substitutes) ahead of Him.
What has captured your love, as identified by the focus of your thoughts, words, time, and/or emotions? What would those closest to you say? How’s your heart?