When our son was younger he was a very curious little guy, as I am finding most little boys to be! One day, when he was about two years old, we were out running errands. As we were getting everyone out of the car, our son was standing at the back of our Suburban. I could see that all too familiar curious look in his eyes, it happened in a split second. Before I could call to him, “don’t touch that it’s hot!”, he stuck his tiny, chubby little boy hand into the exhaust pipe! Thankfully he pulled his hand away quickly and the burns, while they indeed hurt, formed blisters that healed quickly. Needless to say, he still has small scars on his pinkie finger from that short-lived moment of curiosity 17 years ago.
Sometimes our journey with Christ can be like the story of my son and the exhaust, can’t it? God’s word is full of wonderfully beautiful instructions for our life, yet, like a curious two-year old, we, at times, stick our hand into the exhaust and suffer the consequences. Sometimes it only takes one time and we never do ‘that’ again. I can safely say my son never, ever, put his hand into a hot exhaust car pipe again! At other times, our curiosity gets the better of us and we revisit the ‘hot pipe’, thinking we know more than we did the last time, yet, somehow we still end up with burns. Why is that?
This morning in my devotional reading I read these verses; “Do not do as they do.” 2 Kings 17:15c; “Do not worship other gods.” 2 Kings 17:37c; “Do not forget the covenant I have made with you, and and do not worship other gods.” 2 Kings 38 emphasis added.
King Jeroboam had enticed the Israelites away from following God. The Israelites had been taken into captivity by the Assyrians, and while the Israelites at one point turned back and worshipped God, at the same time they were also worshipping the gods of the people in the lands that they were held captive.
As I was reading, praying and writing in my journal, Holy Spirit spoke to my heart that the leaders of the countries of the world are like King Jeroboam, enticing their citizens away from worshipping God by making worldly decisions that cause the creation of God to sin against Him. Therefore, let us be diligent in wrapping our fellow citizens and our countries in prayer with the words of Paul.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1,2.
Holy Spirit is concerned for this generation and all consequent generations and their worshipping of other gods. We may not worship gods as the Israelites did but what about modern-day idols? Television shows, books, movies, internet? Interestingly, I was resistant to sit down and spend time with God this morning. I sensed God wanted me to peer into my heart and look at something I didn’t want to see. Oh, Lord have mercy, the idols I see there! Therefore, let us pray for ourselves, our family and friends, indeed the entire Bride of Christ, as well as, those yet to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
“Rather, worship the LORD your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.” 2 Kings 17:39.