Can you imagine trying to worship the Lord in a church where pagan idols lined the platform? When the Greeks and Romans attempted to take control of Israel they would place their pagan gods in the synagogues.

The Jews would then find various ways to mar the faces of the idols. They would make sure the visage of each one was scratched out so much it was unrecognizable.

The devout Jews knew a graven image was an abomination to the Lord. They made certain it was treated as such—do we?

Today’s graven images have different faces than those of the ancient Greek and Roman gods. Some can be so discreet, we fail to identify them as idols. From the face of a celebrity to the face on a one-hundred-dollar bill, idols can be found everywhere.

What constitutes a modern-day graven image? Anything we put before God. When we idolize things like money, technology, power, popularity, or musicians rather than serve the Lord, it is an abomination.

Are you serving a graven image? Perhaps you make time for your favorite TV series but fail to fit devotions into your schedule. Maybe you choose to work out or play sports on Sundays rather than attending church. Cast out your idols by asking the Lord’s forgiveness and by dethroning what you have put in God’s place.

Whatever man loves, that is his god. For he carries it in his heart. — Martin Luther

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder