Money isn’t the only substitute we have for God. It may be our family, or a hobby or even our flower garden. The path is usually the same. It doesn’t start out as central, but little by little we nudge it to the center and nudge God out. Then one day there it is, an idol smack in the middle of my heart, a stumbling block before my eyes so that it is all I see.
How do we keep the second command and avoid building idols around us? Prayer is the place to start. Psalm 139:23,24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” We need to be open and honest with God. Let him do any x-ray of our heart and then share the results of it with us. We need to look at where our hope and confidence is for all of our life, not just on Sundays or for after I die. What am I hoping in right now? Ask yourself, “If I were to lose ____(whatever we are putting in the place of God) would that change my hope, the foundation for my life?” Job lost everything that most people put their physical hope in, his possessions and land, his livelihood, even his children. He grieved that loss, but still kept his faith in God. His life was shaken, but not destroyed. He didn’t worship these things above God.
This is a matter of priorities, and God must have first place.