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Judges 18; Acts 22; Jerimiah 32; Psalm 1,2

In Judges 17 we read how Micah had built his own private shrine and made ephod and some household gods and idols and even installed his own priest so that he could continue to worship God but in the way he wanted to. Not by God’s commands. In chapter 18 we see how the Danites went into Micah’s home and took all of his gods, the ephod, the idol and his priest.  Micah even attempted to retrieve his possessions by sending out the troops.

“When they had gone some distance from Micah’s house, the men who lived near Micah were called together and overtook the Danites.  As they shouted after them, the Danites turned and said to Micah, “What’s the matter with you that you called out your men to fight?”  He replied,  “You took the gods I made, and my priest, and went away. What else do I have?  How can you ask, ‘What’s the matter with you?’ ” Judges 18:22-24

He asked “what else do I have?”  He had put all of his faith and worship into false gods and idols and he felt he was left with nothing. Does this take place in our life?  Sure it does; don’t we see this everyday, we might even have a taste of it in our life if we were to be honest.  Maybe our idol isn’t made out of silver, but maybe the idol is money, or cars, or a job, sports it could even be a ministry that has been allowed to ooze over it’s boundaries and take time away from worship or family.  Maybe our idol is the man we listen to every week as we sit in church.  (ouch!) That one might have stepped on some toes.

We all create our own idols and gods.  Honestly the time that I’m on the computer each day…let’s just say if I spent that time in God’s word my life would be richer, my marriage would be healthier, my children would be discipled in the way God commands and if I lost everything tomorrow I wouldn’t feel as if I had lost anything because no one can take away my God or my salvation.

“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.  He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.  Whatever he does prospers.” Psalms 1:1-3

It’s doubtful that Micah ever delighted in the law of the Lord, he was too busy delighting in his own laws which was easy to do when you own a personal priest.  This can also be a snare for some Christians as they attempt to create their own comfort zone, a group of friends that might not hold them as accountable as they should.

Of course this is what I pulled out of today’s reading, have I missed the mark?

Father forgive me for the things I put before you.  Help me to recognize these idols and gods and cast them out.  I want  to meditate on your word, delight in your laws and and grow deep roots faith so that I can yield fruit for your glory. Amen

Cindi

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Numbers 35; Psalms 79; Isaiah 27; 1 John 5

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:21

This is my new favorite verse.  I like the verses that pack a punch with the least amount of words.

While in the car traveling from point A to point B sometimes I travel in silence. No radio. Just my thoughts running through my head. My mental list of what needs to be done that day. Tomorrow. Next week. I talk to God. I pray and often times my prayers a mesh of asking for forgiveness for that thought I had this morning, the angry word spoken to one of my children or a plea to help me be a better help mate to my husband.

Occasionally I listen to a Christian radio station, I go between music, a sermon or a theological discussion. Today was the discussion. Believe it or not, it was a discussion about the idols we place in our life. So when I finished reading 1John 5 it was surprising to read that last verse.  Probably wasn’t much of a surprise to God though.  He often uses common thread to make his point with me.

So I sit here writing my contribution to this blog with sound confidence that the theme of my post will be about the idols we put before God.

Whew…I felt the fire raging in me when listening to this panel of men discussing some of the things they considered idols.  However, I had the rest of the day to chew on their words and now my mental list has changed.  Changed because…my daily list was the idol. It came before God. I was shocked when this was revealed to me. God is so very clever.

I could burden you with my other revelations of what I put before God throughout each day, but by now you are probably making your own mental list of your idols. What also sends me to my knees are the things that one would never consider an idol.  Obvious idols are money, jobs, cars, clothes, social status.  But what about our kids? What about our spouse? What about our ministry?  Seriously?  a ministry can be an idol? If it comes before God…then yes.

Heavenly Father thank you for the reminders that you place in my day, that keep me focused on you.  You know me so well, you know my weaknesses.  Forgive me.  Help me to remember to begin every day with a “feet first” mentality. Not my feet…Your Son’s feet.  Begin my day at His feet, then leave my list at His feet.  Amen

Cindi

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