Thursday, August 12, 2010

Seeking Good

Today’s Reading: Amos 4-6; Galatians 1

“Seek good, not evil, that you may life. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is” (Amos 5:14 NIV).

As I look at the Israelite people, I wonder why they were so rebellious. Why, time and again, they turned away from their miraculous God in heaven to worship idols made out of stone.

To me, the hand of God seems to evident, so true. I can’t help but worship Him as my Lord and Savior.

But even I have my moments. Even I have moments when I seek the things of this world, and place them above my God. Often it happens without me realizing it. A friend will get a new gadget, a show on tv, although crass and provocative, will catch my attention, or a book will be so riveting that I spend my days consumed with that, instead of worshiping my God. Some of these things may not be evil all on their own, it is the attention that I give them that makes them evil. It’s the hours and days of seemingly wasted time that I devote to them, instead of my God, that makes them an idol in my life.

And so, much like the Israelites, I often find myself on my knees, in an attitude of repentance, ready to turn back to the God who should be number one in my life. Ready for a change of heart. Because I truly do need Him more than any earthly thing.

What distractions in your life do you need to get rid of? What things might be becoming idols?

Lord, please help me to keep you number one in my life, where you belong.

1 comment:

  1. Reading is a big potential one for me, as well as my computer. Often, it's so much easier to "hide" on facebook or in the pages of a book than to deal with what's really going on in my life at the moment.