The People Idol


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Cursed is the man who trusts in man.

Jeremiah 17:5

Samson was set apart for God before he was ever born. His parents raised him in the way of the Nazirite so that he would know God’s purpose in his life. Yet Samson struggled his entire life with sexual sin and the desire to be with prostitutes. He could’ve chosen a wife among the people of God, but he chose the path the led to his destruction.

When Delilah conspired with the Philistines to learn of Samson’s secret, he didn’t immediately tell her the truth. Yet, even though she tested him every single time—he finally relented because he loved her more than he loved God. As a result, his strength was gone and he found himself in prison without his eyes.

Samson made the mistake of assuming that God’s grace will continue to strive with him day after day. God gave him ample opportunity to live as a righteous judge over Israel, yet Samson misunderstood that his strength came from the Lord and not of himself. He idolized Delilah and paid the price for it.

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We also can fall into the pit of idolizing people more than we love God. We put them on a pedestal based on their physical appearances, talents, wealth, etc. Some of us spend majority of our lives trying to please them and find ourselves like Samson—filled with regret and loss.

When we give a person more of our attention, time, and energy than what we give our Lord, we may be guilty of making them an idol. This idol worship will keep us from experiencing the true freedom and peace that God offers us. Our allegiance has to be completely to the Lord and no one else.


Dear Lord, forgive me for making this person more important than You. Help me to follow You with all of my heart, soul, and mind. In Jesus’ name, amen.

In His Service,

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