Caution: Other Gods
Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips (Psalm 16:4).
Scripture: Psalm 16:1-6
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We see it too often. A person with great potential gets addicted to drugs and ends up fighting for her life. Another person’s life is ravaged by gambling, or a career becomes an overwhelming passion that leaves family and friends behind. The gods of this world can be devastating.
In the Bible, David had observed the lives of those who served other gods, and he didn’t want to have anything to do with them. We too shake our heads at the Philistines for worshiping idols—but aren’t we tempted to worship “idols” that differ only in name and apparent sophistication?
Many of us will avoid the blatant pitfalls of drugs and gambling while falling prey to more “acceptable” diversions. We work late, skip lunch or take on more than we can handle, all the time telling ourselves we are doing it for the family. Ye,t we find that success can be fleeting, and our personal relationships grow more and more strained.
David’s advice is still good today: Stay away from those who ignore the true God. Their troubles just keep increasing.
Dear God, what is pulling my time and attention away from prayer today? Let my mind stay focused on You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
March 10–16. Danny Woodall, of Port Neches, Texas, has written numerous articles and devotions for Christian publications. She also directs the Texas Christian Writer’s Conference.— Scripture: Psalm 16:1-6