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NO Other Gods??

NO Other Gods??
 

“For I AM God—and I only—and there is none like me…” Isaiah 46:10

No other gods?  Well of course not!  Do we really have to worry about whether we have other gods or idols in our life today? At first glance it may seem the answer is a resounding NO!  But stop and consider: what could be a “god” in your life?  Do you carry a rabbit’s foot? A trinket of some kind that is lucky for you?  What about material goods such as: money, cars, houses, clothes, or gadgets?  How much time do you spend accumulating, thinking about, scheming to get, and purchasing some of these things? Own an ipad? Do you have a mobile phone?  Does it go off constantly? When it “pings” do you immediately check who is texting you–in a restaurant, or at the movies, or driving down the interstate? What about voice mail on your mobile phone or home phone? How many messages are waiting for you at the end of the day?   Do you have a Facebook page? How many “friends” do you have? (I didn’t know that was important until someone asked that question to a group of us having lunch—I had no clue how many I had, but I found myself feeling “competitive” when she disclosed how many she had!  Hmmm maybe there are some “gods” in our lives these days!

 

Here’s something to think about: How we spend our time tells a lot about us! What is taking up the largest portion of your time?  Do your friends or spouse ever get irritated with your lack of attention?  Then, perhaps the problem is more real than we had once given it credit.

 

A few weeks ago, I was able to hear Brian Kluth, Generosity Expert, speak on the message, “Experiencing God as Your Provider as You Live Generously.”(http://www.briankluth.org)

During one portion of his message, he said we as Christians: care more about Facebook than God’s Book, more about text messages than Scriptural messages, more about voicemail than God’s voice and have spent more money on bottled water than spreading the Living Water to the foreign mission field. ($12 billion spent on bottled water in the U.S. and $11 billion spent in foreign missions.)

 

Brian’s excellent message really made me stop and think.  Do I spend more time on Facebook than in God’s Word or in my devotions each morning?  If we find that we are lacking in our “face time” with God, it will show not only on our face, but in attitude and in our relationships. Balance should always be the desired goal!  When we put God first, everything else seems to fall into place.  Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”(NIV)

 

Maybe all of us need some “time out” to consider our priorities?  Let’s start and end our day in THE Book, in Prayer, and giving it all to the ONE True God who loves us so much, HE gave His only Son to save us! And let’s praise Him, even in our “social media” tweets!

 

Reflect and Respond:

  1. Do I have a regular “visit” with God each day? If not, how will you “rearrange” your day to include one?
  2. Try starting your day with a short prayer before you get out of bed, asking God to direct your paths, and speak to you throughout your busy schedule!
  3. Take one of these Psalms (Psalm 140-145) and use it as a prayer.  Rewrite it in your own words, or add your name and requests to it.  Pray it back to God and listen to what He might be saying to your heart!

The Book

  1. Jenny Carlisle06-27-11

    Great post. Exercise, Food, clothes, shoes. So many things can become our “gods”. We need to put God back in his one and only rightful place- First!

  2. Sheila Covey06-28-11

    Perfect post for today’s world. It is easy to get caught in this world of “interaction” where God and family are often left or forgotten. Thanks for this post, Pamela. 🙂

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