Thou shalt not make for thyself any carved idols 1. make 2. for thyself 3. carved idols What does it mean to make? As in 'produce' I wonder if and how I may be guilty of this commandment. I am thinking in terms of [my life categories]: [personal], [relationships], and [responsibilities]. When I think of the term make, i think of producing. A deliberate act. However, that deliberate act of production may not be something I am aware of the true intention. I can see that I may make an idol on accident. Am I? Idols are things made for myself. I am willing to take the next assumption that they are made for a form of comfort or control. A way for me to cut off my reliance on my true Creator. > In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him. This is an uncomfortable idea. Are we able to accept good from God and not bad? I wonder if idols are the response of a heart that can only receive what we want. Afterall, how can we truly know what our hearts condition is if we never experience negative times? It is in these trials that our hearts are revealed. As my heart is revealed, are there any idols in the way? Do I make and lean on my own efforts to keep me satisfied?