“You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3
As I open up the Bible each morning, my prayer is that God will show me something for that day. As I read Joshua 22-24 today, I saw several truths I need to focus on. One in particular resonated with me:
“Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods…and serve the LORD. Choose…this day whom you will serve.” – Joshua 24:14-15a
I choose to follow the Lord and to serve Him only. What gods do I need to discard? Well, first of all, myself. Pride is a big one that needs to go. Other idols in my life are exercise and, yes, even food. Idolatry is not just bowing down to a statue, carving, or painting. Idolatry occurs when we begin to value anything more than we value God. If we spend more time thinking about food than God, that’s idolatry. If we turn to alcohol or drugs for comfort, that’s idolatry. If we find our identity in our jobs, status, or physical appearance, that’s idolatry.
What are the “gods” in your life? The Lord is saying the same thing to you. THROW THEM AWAY! He wants you to surrender those areas of your life that you’ve placed above Him. He wants to be seated on the throne of your heart. You cannot serve the Lord God wholeheartedly if you’re not fully devoted to Him.
Lord God, you see the desire of my heart to serve you with all faithfulness. Reveal any gods that I have in my heart. I want to worship you alone. You are God. There is no other.
Doing good. My stomach is talking to me, though. Lots of rumbling going on. The hardest part was helping out in the lunchroom at my daughter’s school today. Yes, even school food smelled good! But, I just smiled and thanked God for giving me strength. I’m doing this unto Him. Every time my stomach rumbles I remember what a privilege it is to deny myself as a sacrifice for the Lord. Besides, He paid the ultimate sacrifice for me – His death on the cross. Skipping a few meals is nothing compared to Jesus giving up his life for mine. Thank you, Lord, for dying for my sin.
This is the hardest part of the day for me. I’m tired and extremely irritable. My children are running around, hyper as ever, and I’m completely annoyed. Not very holy, is it? I’m struggling with patience. I’m cold. I’m hungry. I’m complaining. God reminds me of Philippians 2:14-15: “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.” With this rotten attitude, I’m definitely not a shining star for the Lord. So, I will stop the bellyaching and praise God for allowing me to share in the fellowship of His sufferings.
God, thank you for our home, our children, my husband. I am blessed beyond measure. You have been and continue to be so good to me. Today was filled with challenges, physical and spiritual, but your Presence has helped me overcome each one. Lord God, whatever you need to do in my mind and heart during this fast, do it. Extract anything that is not pleasing to you, and fill me with your truth. Tonight as I sleep, refresh me so that I awaken full of energy, ready to serve you. I love you, Lord.