Right at the beginning of his book of prophecy, Micah asks four penetrating questions—
What is Jacob’s transgression? Is it not Samaria? What is Judah’s high place? Is it not Jerusalem? (Micah 1:5)
Idolatry is the elevation of anyone or anything to a place of adoration. Any place, person, or practice can become my god if I give it more attention than I give Jehovah.
In Micah’s prophetic warning, idolatry had become symbolized by the capitol cities of Samaria and Jerusalem. The people were looking to the leaders and cultural practices in those cities instead of looking to God.
I wonder if we do the same thing today?
- Do we look to Washington DC for political help?
- Do we find our financial wisdom on Wall Street?
- Does the culture of Hollywood inform how we should live?
- Does the music of Nashville determine the song in our hearts?
- Do Harvard, Berkeley, or Stanford tell us how to think?
When I’m in trouble, when I need answers, when I’m looking for comfort, where do I turn first? My first reaction—my go-to source—is a good indication of who my deity is. When Micah became aware of the idolatry of his people, his response was to weep, wail, howl, and moan over their sin (v. 8). This should be our response as well whenever we see idols replacing Jehovah in our heart or in the hearts of others.
May God’s people repent of the idolatry of looking to other places, people, and practices instead of looking to Almighty God!
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