This week in my bible study we learned about Idolotrinkets. What are Idolotrinkets? Let us first understand what idols are, “An idol is anything we set up along with, or instead of God.” We may not be worshiping a true idol like the Israelites worshiped the idol of Baal. But we may put our identity into our status, various pleasures or our financial stability . . . the list of Idolotrinkets can be endless. The author of the study says these trinkets are, “anything I go for to satisfy me are just the trinkets – the evidence that I am my own idol.” – Quotes by Jennifer Rotheschild in her Hosea study page 114.
I use to collect trinkets. In fact, the pin in the picture above was one of my favorite jewelry trinkets from my teenage years. It is, of course, the first letter of my name. I loved to pin on my shirt like everyone did in the 80’s. I no longer wear it but won’t give it away because I’m very sentimental. Not that this is a special pin. I’m sure it came from JC Penney’s or some other department store. The thing about me being segmental is that I tend to cling to things that I really need to let go.
True story time: Last year we turned our 5th bedroom in the basement into my husband’s workshop. This bedroom use to be part of the garage that previous owners converted into a large room. We used this room as our storage room and had to go through everything in order to downsize what we had to fit into a smaller space. I kid you not when I say I had 4 boxes full of my girl’s school work. Most were their artwork and awards. But I also kept their school work like spelling and math tests and other assignments. The girls forced me to throw those away which, for some reason, was difficult to do. I kept them thinking it would be nice to look back and see what kind of work they did. But in all reality, I really didn’t need to keep this stuff. When I threw it all away I was able to get all of their school work down to one box a piece for their whole school career.
I say this to show you that I hang on to things and some of those things can be considered Idolotrinkets. Another quote from the study that hit be hard was, “Idolotrinkets imply God is not doing His job adequately. An idol competes with God because we erect it to supplement Him” (Jennifer Rotheschild in her Hosea study page 116). GULP!
This week’s study revealed to me about how stubborn I am when it comes to giving up my Idolotrinkets. When I came across this picture it reminded me the importance releasing my Idolotrinkets to the Lord. To not hold onto them with a closed tight fist. When I keep my hands open and lifted to the Lord, it only then that my Idolotrinkets can be released. It is only then that I become the person who doesn’t need anything else to supplement God’s care and provision for me.
I believe it is when I set my mind on the things on this earth is when I start to acquire Idolotrinkets. It reminds me the importance of what the bible says in Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
What are your Idolotrinkets? What steps can you take to opening your hand and releasing them to the Lord?