This post is Day 4 in a series of studies about “Gideon”, I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Gideon – Day 4
I am the Lord your God. You must never fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you will live. But you have not obeyed me. How important to you is your job? Your home or car? What about family and friendships? How about your computer or phone?
I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God. You must never fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you will live.’ But you have not obeyed me.
At first glance a lot of us will be thinking that this verse doesn’t apply to us today. We don’t have statues and what we think of as false Gods in our homes, but an idol can be anything that we trust, worship or think about more than the Lord.
How important to you is your job? Your home or your car? What about your family? Your friendships? Or your sport or pastime? Your computer or phone?
Worshipping other gods in old testament times often meant child sacrifice. It still does today. If we are too occupied with other things, our children suffer.
All God’s commandments stem from the first one which remains the same… to love the Lord your God with ALL your heart, ALL your mind and ALL your strength (Exodus 20:2 and Matthew 22:38).
How is it possible to do that? We lead such busy lives, and certainly very few of us have the time, or the inclination, to concentrate on God constantly. But in Colossians 3:23 Paul urges us to do everything as if we were doing it for God. We don’t have to think about God constantly, but we do have to make sure that all we do is honouring to Him.
Pray for the Lord to show you if there is anything that takes a higher place in your heart than He does. Repent and listen to His voice today.
Praise God that He is the highest authority, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Praise Him that He called you to follow Jesus, the only Son of the Only all powerful God. Doing that can lead to uncountable blessings for each one of us. Especially for our children.