Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?
-Jeremiah xvi 20
One great besetting sin of ancient Israel was idolatry, and the spiritual Israel are vexed with a tendency to the same folly... The flesh sets up altars wherever it can find space for them. Favorite children are often the cause of much sin in believers; the Lord is grieved when he sees us dotting upon them above measure... If Christians desire to grow thorns to stuff their sleeping pillows, let them dote upon their dear ones.
It is truly said that "they are no gods," for the objects of our foolish love are very doubtfully blessings, the solace which they yield us now is dangerous, and the help that they can give us in the hour of trouble is little indeed. Why, then, are we so bewitched with vanities? We pity the poor heathen who adore a god of stone, and yet worship a god of gold... The heathen bows to a false deity, but the true God he has never known; we commit to evils, inasmuch as we forsake the living God and turn unto idols. May the Lord purge us all of this grievous iniquity.