March 7, 2021
Each day during Lent, I am highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.
I, the LORD am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall have no other gods besides me. (Exodus 20:2-3)
NO OTHER GODS: I think when we hear God say, “Have no other gods but me,” it likely brings to mind the carved wooden idols or ornate golden statues the pagans worshipped. Given that image, we feel comfortable proclaiming proudly, “I don’t worship any false gods!”
However, such idols are not the only false gods that exist. The question we must ask ourselves is, “Are there things in my life that take priority over God?” If we honestly answer that question, most of us will need to admit – Yes, I have false gods.
If your day gets hectic and something needs to be cut out of your schedule, is it prayer that gets cut? You have false gods. If you know the right thing to do, but choose another path, you have false gods. If your primary objective in life is acquiring wealth or material things, you have false gods. If your first thought in the morning is not, “How will I serve God today?” – you likely have false gods.
I am not pointing fingers; I know I am guilty of having false gods. In order to improve, we need to be be intentional.
Try this during Lent: Each night, assess how you spent your time that day. How much of that time was spent pursuing our own desires and how much was spent living out God’s will for us? With that assessment in mind, make plans to tip the scale in God’s favor the next day; choose to make him your priority.