So, we probably don’t bring home a statue of Baal and bow down before it, but stick with me.
God’s given me victory in self-control and weight loss, but I allow someone to say, “Great job!” and take the credit without giving glory to God, who alone deserves the credit for any measure of self-control demonstrated.
I got the job I prayed for, but thought it was because of my experience, education and qualifications, rather than the unmerited favor of God, ignoring that every good and perfect gift comes from above.
My children achieved some milestone, and I swelled up with pride, as if I were responsible, rather than praising God who has blessed them with healthy bodies, healthy minds, and faith in Him.
I don’t know about you, but I confess there are idols constantly trying to clutter my life. The enemy and my own selfish nature encourages seeing life’s ups and downs as all about me, instead of seeing God’s hand in orchestrating my life for His purposes.
The second verse in this chapter tells us that King Amaziah, “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not wholeheartedly.” I want my epitaph to be “she followed the Lord wholeheartedly, with abandon, without fear, and with great boldness.”
What about you? How would you like the story of your life to be summed up in one sentence?