Thursday, June 7, 2012

Who's your Idol?

Exodus 34:14 - Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

Daily life is exhausting.  The body is tired and doesn't want to roll out of bed.  The kids may be sick or have their own issues they want to talk about. The parents may need physical care and it is your responsibility. A friend may have lost a spouse, either through infidelity or death, or even be suffering with a disease and this is a burden on your heart.  It is a true statement that life can be hard.

At work one day, I overheard a co-worker sharing with a client some struggles that were going on in her life.  She had recently had an injury and was discussing the pain of moving around and getting back into the daily grind.  The client responded at the end of their chat with an "I'll pray for you".  What a wonderfully positive statement.  It says both 'I care about you' and 'there is hope for your hurting'.  As my co-worker headed back over to me, I inquired - "is that client a Christian?"  The response she gave startled me - she said, "I don't know, but it couldn't hurt".

Actually, it could hurt. God is very clear in the Bible when He says 'Do not have any other gods except Me'.  Accepting the fact that people worship another god besides the one true God should cause sadness, not indifference.  My problems, my hurts, my struggles are real - I want them to go before a real God. 

God calls us to stand up for what is right - when we allow others and even God to think that we're 'okay' with our personal struggles being taken to someone other than our Creator, we need to say something.  It does make a difference to whom we're praying.

5 wonderful insights:

Vertis Tarver said...

I AGREE WITH YOU ,IF SOMEONE PRAYS FOR ME I WANT THEM TO TAKE IT TO GOD AND I ALSO WANT TO KNOW THAT THEY ARE PRAYING WITH ME AND NOT AGAINST ME...GOD'S WORD SAYS THE PRAYERS OF THE RIGHTEOUS AVAILETH MUCH.

myster blower said...

ok..

Manohar singh Jodhpur said...

Thanks all of you for your support! A community meeting sounds like a good idea. Let's do it. Morris, if you're up for helping to organize the gathering, I'll find a server we can use Wedding sarees

Robert Morris said...

My idol is David Beckham

He is like Jesus?

roberto esponja said...

Interestingly, I disagree. I think you have inadvertently crossed two very different issues.
Consider the case of Sodom and Gamorah.
Intercessory prayer on behalf of the non believer is shown throughout the Bible .
Consider the woprds." Forgive them Father for they know not what they do."
Could you possibly disagree with that prayer?