In Session 3 of our Gospel Romance Conference we talked about how easy it is for us to begin to make good things God things. We take the good gifts of God and make them into idols that we trust in, plan our lives around and hope in for deliverance.
The following is quote by Spurgeon about this issue:
“Even believers may be reproved on this subject. God is very jealous of his deity in the hearts of his own people.
Mother, what will he say of you, if that darling child occupies a more prominent place in your love than your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
Husband, what shall he say to you, and with what stripes shall he smite you, when your wife reigns as a goddess in your spirit?
And wife, thou shouldest love thy husband—thou doest well in so doing; but if thou exaltest him above God, if thou makest him to have dominion over thy conscience, and art willing to forsake thy Lord to please him, then thou hast made to thyself another god, and God is jealous with thee…
We are permitted to take solace in each other, but when we carry love to idolatry, and put the creature into the Creator’s place, and rebel, and fret, and bitterly repine, then the Lord hath a rod in his hand, and he will make us feel its weight, for he is a jealous God.
I fear there are some believers who put their house, their garden, their business, their skill, I know not what, at seasons into the place of God. It were not consistent with the life of godliness for a man to be perpetually an idolater, but even true believers will sometimes be overcome with this sin, and will have to mourn over it.”