Monday, July 19, 2010

Daily devotional: No other gods

Scripture
They worshiped the LORD, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought.
2 Kings 17:33 NIV

Observation
The people in this passage, along with the people of Israel, did worship the Lord. The issue is that they also worshipped other gods. They did not fully grasp that the Lord is the only God, and they did not follow His command to serve Him only. Rather, they followed the customs of the peoples they were around. Before we get too incredulous at their behavior, we should consider how much is the same today. Christians certainly worship God, but we often look to the customs and idols of the peoples and cultures around us. We put our trust in what the world around us puts their trust in rather than putting our complete confidence in the Lord.

Application
Do not look to my own strength, or to those esteemed by the world, for my values and worship practices. Do not worship wealth, or fame, or personal successes. Worship the Lord only. Be still and know that He is God. He has the power to devastate and the power to save from devastation. He is worthy of our total devotion and praise.

Prayer
Lord, You are my strength and my shield, my ever present help in time of trouble. You alone are God. You are worthy of all praise and worship and submission. You have the power to bring devastation, and You have the power to deliver me from devastation. I love you and I worship You!

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