Idol Makers “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below” (Exodus 20:3-4). Scripture Focus: Exodus 20:1-6 Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire observed, “If God made us in His image, we have certainly returned the compliment.” Once we leave the pages of Scripture and start forming our concept of God from other sources, we become idol makers. We create images tarnished by human imaginings. Knowing God is a revelatory experience through the power of the Holy Spirit. The journey begins in the Word. Faithful study of Scripture with a prayer for discernment on our lips guides us to seeing God accurately. It's the surest protection against turning to idols. People fancy God to be whatever they desire. One famous architect stated, “I believe in God. I call him Nature.” The bigot's god hates skin shades. The god of promiscuity winks at perversions and marital betrayals. The materialist's god lusts for empty things. New Age gods tempt with trendy universal spiritualism. We must lay down any image formed apart from the truth. Our view of God must remain uncluttered by faulty conceptions. Insight: What folly for creatures to busy themselves trying to form their Creator! This arrogance tragically clouds our vision of Him.