January 26, 2017
No Other God
"Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces." Exodus 23:24
Other gods have always been a problem. Beginning with the first commandment, God clearly warned against spiritual adultery. Bowing down before other gods is foolish, of course. They are temporal images made of stone, wood, metal, and sometimes, skin and bones. So why are the gods of this world so tempting?
For starters, humans have a problem with any god, even God. Sin has short-circuited God's wiring in our hearts. Sin turns our original purpose of honoring and serving the Creator into the worship of ourselves and the creation. The living, personal, eternal God is a threat. But we can control the gods of the world.
The question for today is the following: Are you bowing down before any god other than God? That god can come in the form of a person, possession or position. It may be something you are living with, living in or living for. Whatever it is, it's a pathetic substitute for the real thing. Get rid of it and bow before the One who loves you so much that He sent His Son to die on your behalf.
Father, show me what I am really bowing down to. Help me demolish my worship of that thing and bow down before You and You alone. In Jesus' name. Amen.