Even while these people were worshiping the LORD, they were serving their idol. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their fathers did. 2 Kings 17:41
According to this verse it is very possible to be worshiping the LORD yet be serving an idol. If that’s not bad enough the part about our actions influencing our children and even our grandchildren to do the same is devastating!
Hosea 13:6 When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me. In America especially where we could take so much for granted it has to be a conscious effort to remember that our fruitfulness comes from God (Hosea 14:8).
A mom recently told me her sweet boy prays through his long list of things he is grateful for and then, bless his precious heart, “reminds God of the things he doesn’t like (usually pertaining to dinner, bedtime or something that felt unfair) but he always words it as ‘thank you that I don’t like…’.” If complete satisfaction leads to pride which leads to forgetting God, maybe we need to be more grateful for the things we don’t like.
I want to worship God wholeheartedly with all my mind, soul and strength, leaving no room for serving any idols. God has given me everything I need for my journey here but at the end of my earthly journey I’m going to have to give Him something… an account of how I used that which He gave to me (Matthew 25:14-30).
Am I being grateful right where He has me today?
Am I being grateful in the grind?
Am I raising others up, pouring into those around me?
Am I trying to grow myself? I can start by approaching situations and circumstances with an attitude of A.P.T.A.T.
A.dmit- I am nothing without Him (Colossians 1:16-17)
P.ray- about all things (Philippians 4:6-7)
T.rust- His promises (Isaiah 41:10, Philippians 4:19)
A.ct- He will go before you but not for you (2 Corinthians 5:7)
T.hank Him- Even for the things we don’t like (Isaiah 16:5, 1 Thessalonians 5:18)
The God who bought your life with His own blood loves you too much, your children and grandchildren too much, to just be a half-way God (2 Cor. 11:2). It’s a choice, that He leaves up to each of us… But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, than 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. Joshua 24:15
Independent read: John 3:16, Exodus 20:3, Psalm 102:18, Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Luke 10:27