It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”
They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?” Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.” (Luke 17:11-19)
An idol simply put is anything that you value more than God. Many times we cry to God for things. During the process of waiting, we can be very devoted and dedicated to God. Just like the lepers we tell Him to show us mercy. We make several promises of how we will honour Him with everything if He answered that prayer request.
However, as soon as He answers, we run away with that blessing. We become too busy to come back to worship. Just like the lepers, we get carried away with the gift that we forget about the giver.
Ten lepers were healed but only one came back to acknowledge the healer.
We have given God a back sit while we cuddle and worship the blessings He has given us. We quickly forget about the promises we made to Him before we had our gifts. The spouse, child, job, house, connection quickly replaces God. We become too busy with the job that He gave us. Too tired because of the kids He gave us. Our diaries become occupied because of the connections He gave us. We have little or no time for Him. We even rush out of the house forgetting that He gives us the breath that keeps us going.
God blessed Solomon. But he forgot about the God who blessed him and began to worship idols.
“Where are the nine?”
God is asking today, “where is my daughter/son who used to spend time with me everyday?”
“Where is my child who used to be consumed with my kingdom work?”
“Why is my child now too busy to spend time with me?”
“Why does my child now always find an excuse not to fellowship with my people?”
Let me paint the picture clearer for you. You have a child who you love so much. This child would always come spend time telling you how much you met to him/her. You both always looked forward to that time you spent together every day. This child comes with a request, telling you he/she wants to buy a car. You gladly buy the car for this child but soon after the child gets the car, the car becomes the sole reason why this child will not spend that precious time with you anymore. How would you feel as a parent?
So now i’m sure you can imagine how God feels when we act as that ungrateful child. Many of us are loyal when things are bad but arrogant when things are good. God isn’t pleased with this.
“You must not have any other god but me.” Exodus 20:3
The above is a commandment from God. Search your heart. Have you become too busy admiring and enjoying the gift that you have totally lost sight of the Giver? Are you according the Giver the reverence and respect that He deserves?