Idolatry

God clearly does not tolerate idols (Exodus 20:3-4).

Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy.

But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed.

Salvation is of the Lord.

-- Jonah 2:8-9

This was also commanded by the prophet Isaiah:

There's only one way that Israel's sin and guilt can be completely forgiven: They must crush the stones of every pagan altar and place of worship. -- Isaiah 27:9 (CEV)

Therefore, you need to choose if it is worth putting your trust in things that fail, like:

  • idols (Exodus 20:3-5, Ezekiel 18:6)
  • important people (Psalms 146:3)
  • wicked people (Psalm 1:1)
  • pleasure (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11, Proverbs 21:17)
  • money (Matthew 6:24)

Instead, you should put your trust (faith) in the LORD:

Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.

  • Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
  • Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
  • Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.

He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

-- Psalms 37:1-6 (ESV)

King David's son confirm this:

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

-- Proverbs 3:5-8 (ESV)