Serving More Than One God
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 17; 2 Chronicles 28; Psalm 46; James 3
Today’s Key Passage – 2 Kings 17:24-33
For the past week, we have been reading Isaiah’s prophesies against the Israelites. Isaiah warned them that they were going to be conquered by the Assyrians and sent into exile. In today’s reading, this event finally came to fruition. The king of Assyria brought foreigners in to live in the towns of Samaria. (Vs. 24) Because these foreign people did not worship God, He sent lions to kill some of them. (Vs. 25) In a panic, the Assyrian king sent one of the exiled priests back to Bethel to teach the new inhabitants how to worship the Lord. (Vs. 28) Unfortunately, there was a problem with this plan. The new inhabitants of Israel began worshiping God in an effort to appease Him, but at the same time, they wanted to continue worshiping their other gods. (Vss. 29-32) The people were trying to serve more than one god, which is definitely not what God wanted, and would later lead to their destruction.
Like the rest of the Bible, this story is as relevant today as it was when it happened. Even today, many people feel the temptation to try to serve God while still clinging to the “gods” of their past. These “gods” might be money, a possession, a person, or an activity. When we are saved, God begins changing us for the better. Because of this change, there are going to be things from our past lives that are no longer acceptable for a follower of Christ. This process is different for each one of us. For example, one person might find that he can no longer drink alcohol at all while another person might find it acceptable to have a drink occasionally. The problem, however, lies in the person who is not willing to be changed. A person who spends Sunday mornings worshiping God and then every Friday night getting drunk with their friends is trying to serve more than one god. A person who reads all about a Godly marriage in the Bible but continues to cheat on his wife is trying to serve more than one god. There is a big difference between trying to appease God and trying to please him, and attempting the former without concentrating on the latter simply does not work. God is not looking to be one of many gods you are serving. He is the one true God and He wants to be the only God in your life. If you have other gods you are trying to serve, get rid of them. There is only room for one God in your life.
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