Have you ever wondered why God put such an emphasis on idols? In Exodus 20:22–23 He first mentions idols to the Israelites and then continues to express the necessity of keeping them out of their lives: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell the Israelites this: “You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven: Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.'” I remember thinking when I first read this, I would never keep a gold idol in my possession. But as the years went by there were several things I looked to instead of God: money, my husband, people’s approval, myself. God knew that we would easily be led astray if we didn’t keep our eyes on Him. So the emphasis is a warning and a reminder of the snare it will be to us to have idols. Is there anything in your life that you go to before God? Today, take an inventory. It’s never too late to let it go, repent, and return.