My, Devotion to Him #220
Verse Passage: 1 John 2:15-16 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” – NIV
There are too many gods out there. One wants you to work seven days a week. The other wants you to take a day of rest. One wants want to build a holy palace. The other wants you to care for the poor. One wants you to destroy my enemies. The other wants you to show kindness and to you only means of peace. What are you to do? Because you certainly can’t make them all happy?” How will you serve them all equally and all faithfully?
It sounds like you have to choose. But which one? Everyone must make a similar choice.
If a god is something that requires obedience, time, attention, and affection, then the human heart only has room for one. Because you can not faithfully serve all. You can not give what is truly due and give of yourself rightfully and fully to each and every single one of them.
If anything can be learned from the polygamist marriages of our forefathers of faith, it is that the human heart can’t be passionate for more than one lover, for one person’s needs, one’s desires, one’s interests. God knows this too: we can’t share our heart with Him and any other god. There simply is not enough room nor can there be a deep passionate love if the heart is split.
The world has such a great craving for pleasure is in its simplest form God’s rival. Both have a plan for our money, for our time, for our thoughts. Both have an agenda. Both want our praises and our advertisement for others to buy in. Both want our love. It’s a marriage of our spirit.
But in the end it is ultimately up to you to decide. The decision is for you to decide whom you will worship. Job made his decision. And even in his struggles and situations he remained faithfully true to One God. His relationship with One God was stronger than what was around him.
Had there been more than one relationship of serving, worshiping, and loving then there might not had been a strong enough foundation and connection to remain firm.
The decision is up to us like Job. We must decide if we will serve the Lord or if we will search for other gods whom have no authority. Seek out in search of gods who have no power. Try to connect with other entities that have long passed. Build a relationship with many other gods and struggle to satisfy them while being empty inside. Or we can decide to abide within the Holy One. To remain true to the One that is real. To remain true to the One who is alive. We must decide and that decision is only yours.
Joshua 24:15 Verse Passage: “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” – NIV
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