“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
Maybe your friendship is tearing apart at the seams and you don’t know how to fix it. Maybe your husband don’t look at you the same and you don’t understand why. Maybe your children don’t love and respect you anymore because of your past mistakes. I have witnessed this in my life to a degree and I know how it feels. When we are desperate for love, acceptance and the approval of people, we can fall prey to the sin of idolatry. We risk putting someone in the place of God in our lives, a place they were never meant to be.
Before I could really move on, God had to show me myself. I had placed someone before Him. Because they didn’t love me, accept me, or approve of me I thought my world had ended. I was chasing a relationship more than my relationship with the Lord. Then God woke me up and helped me to come to my senses. When He did, I repented, crying out to Him to forgive me.
Understand this…your friend is not your God. Your husband is not your God. Your children are not your God.
If someone doesn’t love you, it’s not the end of the world. You might’ve reached the end of a relationship, but it’s not the end of your life. God has more in store for you and He loves you with an unfailing love. Receive His love. Receive His grace. Receive His Spirit. Chase after Him more than anyone else. Learn to bless people when they come and bless them when they go. Learn to move forward with style and with grace, because your confidence is in the Lord.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for speaking directly to me. I repent for putting people before you and for making them my God. Please forgive me. I’m so sorry. You alone are my God. I ask that you fill every void in my heart. You have my life in your hands. Just because one person chooses to no longer love me or accept me doesn’t mean it’s over for me. I am loved by you. I am accepted by you. I am approved by you. Tear down every idol, tear down every false god. Take your place on the throne of my heart. Remind me of who I am. Strengthen me to stay focused on you and to keep on receiving your love. I put my relationships in your hands and I trust you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.