Worship The Only God

Psalm 86:8
“Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.”

Since Moses came down the mountain to give us the Ten Commandments, we have been breaking them almost every day. Especially the first one, which is, “You shall have no other gods before me.”

The first commandment reminds us of the plagues of Egypt. Every time Moses proclaimed a plague upon Egypt, God was dealing with the Egyptian gods. Pharaoh heard, “This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” His love was extended through difficult circumstances to show how much more powerful He was than the gods that were being worshiped.

Today, we still wonder if God is able to rescue us from the slavery we get ourselves into. We worship money and allow it to enslave us. We worship the sun and let it take away our health and beauty. God sees our wrongfully-placed worship and reminds us with miracles of healing and financial relief that He is still God.

But like the Hebrew people wandering in the wilderness, we forget about God’s love, provision, and protection. We whine and complain to God just as they did thousands of years ago. And He still loves us.

When we stop long enough to realize how much He loves us, we worship again with our whole heart.

Daily, He waits for our conversation. He waits for us to remember Him. He waits for us to remember that He is like no other.

He alone is God.

Listen and Believe

Proverbs 1:33
“Whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

How can anyone live in today’s society without fear? Only two kinds of people can live without fear: those who know of the dangers, but trust in God’s protection, and those who are unaware of the dangers.

If you focus on the dangers of this life, you can scare yourself right out of your skin. You can worry about the many angry people who do harm to other people. Or you can worry about earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, and tsunamis.

Maybe your fear is centered around a new experience. I remember the first day I tried to get my daughter to walk onto an escalator. I got her to the second floor fairly easily, but going down was . . . memorable.

The escalator wasn’t scary to me or to any of the other shoppers who walked around us while I tried to talk her into walking with me. But my daughter was unreasonably terrified by the moving parts. My hands were full of shopping bags and my baby boy. Eventually, an older woman offered to hold my daughter’s hand on the escalator so we could leave the store. I thanked her repeatedly.

The fear of escalators didn’t last long, but it lasted long enough to prove the proverb right. As long as my daughter refused to listen to me, she was afraid. When she believed my words about her safety, she was more at ease.

When we believe what God says about his arm of protection, we can live in peace, without fear – even if we’re surrounded by the enemy on all sides.

God’s word is truth. When we seek him, we have to believe and obey him.

In Foolish Abandon

Proverbs 1:5
“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.”

One of the reasons people read the book of Proverbs in the Bible is so they can receive guidance from God. While fools go their own way in their own “wisdom”, the wise seek out wisdom from God. They keep an ear to God while they use the wisdom they already have.

Getting wisdom from God is like drinking water. You needed the water you drank yesterday, but you need more for today. You can drink more one day than you drink on a different day, but you still need more water tomorrow. No matter how much you store up inside, you’ll always need to get more.

If you don’t drink the water your body needs, your body shuts down. People have died from lack of water. Lack of wisdom is similar in that you can make foolish mistakes and not realize you’re killing yourself. A fool disregards all wisdom and finds death a surprise.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s been a fool. There are others – many others – who have lost all restraint and turned their backs on wisdom.

God lets us see that we’ve been fools, but he doesn’t leave us in that place of foolish abandon. When God opens our eyes to our foolishness and we agree to accept his guidance, we can begin to walk in his wisdom.

He’s given us a lot of wisdom in the book of Proverbs. If you study and put into practice an average of just ten verses each week, by the end of the summer, you’ll see how far you’ve come.

Using the wisdom you have to gain more and walk in it will not only affect your life, but the lives of those around you.