And the covenant that I have made with you, you shall not forget, nor shall you fear other gods.
For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods.
They shall not live in your land, because they will make you sin against Me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.
What gods do we have in America?
Wealth? Titles? Fame?
Celebrities who are worshipped openly? We seek small tokens from them, like autographs or images. We jump, faint and cry in adoration.
We embrace our American idols, and so does the rest of the world. Media merchandizers foster these starry fantasies, because they generate lots of money.
The problem: When devotees worship idols, God withdraws. He won't accept divided hearts. He's an all or nothing God. Nevertheless, He remains incredibly patient... waiting on our full attention.
What does God mean when He says we mustn't 'fear' other gods? If fearing God means reverential awe, then we must not give such awe to lesser gods (a.k.a. idols).
If fearing God also means actual fear, as in 'It is a terrifying thing to fall into the Hands of the Living God' (Hebrews 10:31, NASB), as in judgment... then applying that definition to the gods of this world could mean:
1) Don't fear the judgment of men... even mighty men. Because if we fear their judgment, we will bend our actions to please them... not God.
2) Don't fear the lack of gods in your life (wealth, titles, fame, celebrity). Because if we fear this lack, we will bend our actions to get them... not God.
If you don't think you love or serve little gods, examine your lifestyle. What do you own... or aspire to own? What are you doing... or aspire to do?
Consider the final Words from John in his first Epistle: 'Little children, keep yourself from idols' (1 John 5:21, NKJV).
## Fear: Other Gods? (Part 18)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fear series.