It is easy for us to get into a routine, and go about our days without ever thinking about God. How often do you stop to pray or thank God for your surroundings? Or refocus your day to make sure that your prioritizing is centered on Him? My answer is not often and not enough. The reason for this is simple: we are trying to play god in our own lives. Whether we actively say or think that, our actions show it each day. We try to figure everything out on our own, answer all of our own questions, navigate the daily schedule, and be good husbands, wives, parents, and friends without consulting God. We may spend 5-10 minutes at some point during the day, if we remember or if there is time, to pray or read the Bible, but most days we go about them without considering God at all.
We keep living our lives this same way each day, and it’s simply because we feel like we are doing a much better job directing our lives than God would be able to. We fill our entire lives around idolatry. We have built up so many different golden calves in our lives for the simple fact that we want to worship ourselves through whatever way best satisfies us today. We put a block between our worship for God in many ways, and this shows by how we worship Him shows. Mike Wilkerson writes in Redemption:
We reflect God’s glory by our worship of him, which means to hold him as the object of our deepest desires and as worthy of our imitation. Worship is not just singing songs in church; it’s how we live our lives every moment of every day — every thought, word, deed, feeling, and desire. You worship what you live for, whatever is most worthy of your attention and devotion.
When we worship the false idols that we surround our lives with, we are saying to God, “this is my god now” and “I can be my own god. I don’t need you.” But the truth is that we already know, we do need Him. We need Him more than we could ever imagine. We have seen what happens to our lives when we fill them with our own desires. They are empty, lonely, filthy and wretched. I hope that we can all reflect on our worship of God. I fall short every single day of honoring Him, but it’s my constant desire to please God and put Him at the front of my life that helps me to stay focused on Him as God and prioritize my day around His desires for me. When we try to be our own god, we will fail 100% of the time, and we will fall short of Him that often too.