We become like the things we worship, those things that are idols to us.
“Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.” (Psalms 115:4-8)
“The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.” (Psalms 135:15-18)
From the standpoint of a counselor this becomes obvious, this is because anything that we become invested in, that takes up our time, energy, attention, and passion; because it cost us something; it has power over us. We find that we reflect the thing that obsessed us.
An example of this application of the Scriptures, such as Egypt. Egypt was a ruling governmental power over the entire world; they adopted the worship of death, becoming obsessed with the subject of death. Many other idols concerned the subject of death.
How interesting it is that of the 10 plagues that God uses to torment the Egyptians, all 10 of them represented an Egyptian deity or idol (Please next article on this). Isn’t it just like God to personally dethrone their belief system, their worship of things that never were, and demons that were.
One thing that is very interesting is concerning their preoccupation with death and also the scarab, yet the scarab is essentially a dung beetle.
How interesting that scientifically there is no greater example of death, than dung.
The point of the Scriptures in Psalms is if your idols are made of stone, you become cold, unresponsive, and impersonal?
If the idol you worship is materialism, then you become obsessed with getting, you become distant or detached from others, cognitively harsh and emotionally unforgiving, obsessed with getting…
If the idol you worship is sex, you become oriented to immediate gratification, superficial, shortsighted, kinky and become narcissistic.