A devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton
“You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3 NIV)
It seems as if there are many distractions now in our lives that can take top priority instead of doing God’s will. It is very easy to let activities take over our lives so that anything related to God gets put on the back burner. It is time for you to reflect on what takes up most of your time and thoughts. Is God still the one you are giving top priority to in all you do?
I am reading a wonderful book called Gods At War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart by Kyle Idleman. It is a very convicting book. It makes you face what is first in your life and really take a look at how much time you spend doing things like: scrolling Facebook, playing video games, watching tv, checking the internet, or even letting your work take up most of your time. Is something taking up so much of your time that you are neglecting serving the Lord in a way that He wants you to? Has something else taken first place in your thoughts other than the Lord? Are you obsessing over something that can be very harmful to you? Has something taken up so much of your time that you are neglecting reading the Bible and praying? These are all pretty difficult questions, but need to be asked so you can stop some pretty harmful behaviors.
Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37 NIV). God does not want you to have any idols in your life that you worship over Him. He wants to be number one in your life. So you need to decide what comes first in your life and if it isn’t God, you need to take some time praying about that. Then make the changes you need to make to draw closer to Him and do His will.
It is very easy to get so busy that we forget to put you first in our lives. Help us to truly take stock of the time we spend on unnecessary things and commit ourselves to stop putting these things first instead of you.
In Jesus’ name,