Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Who's Your Daddy, Now?

I might ask, "Who's Your Daddy God, now?"

The words of a popular song and the gist of a local commercial reminds me to double check my life. Who do I worship today? What comes first in my life, now? How do my thoughts reveal my priorities?

Elijah challenged the prophets of Ba`al and won. God's fire burned the sacrifice on the altar and the water around it. Elijah advised the people of Israel with these words, "If the Lord be God, follow him; but if Ba'al, then follow him." (1 Kings 18:21)

Is the Lord allowed to be God in your life? Addictions, habits, or scars of the past can lead you to put other things in the place of God. In Bible times, they were warned against idolatry. In America, we think that doesn't apply to us, but I know better.

When I dwell on donuts all morning, when I plan my next meal before one is finished, when I devise schemes to hide my secret stash of candy, I bow before the idol of food.

Stop and think. What's on your mind? When you wake in the night, what stirs in your thoughts? An idol is anything that replaces God in our desires, our thoughts, and our heart. It might be a person or place. It could be presecription drugs that you overuse, or alcoholic beverages that you crave.

Our bodies require nourishment. You may require medicine. God cautions us to use moderation even in good things.

Lord, today, keep my mind on You. Let food take its proper place. As the saying goes, help me eat to live, not live to eat. God says "Have no other gods before me."

Who's your daddy God, now?

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