This morning as I was reading about the money changers in Jesus’ day and how He threw them out of the temple; I wondered how this applied today. Mark 11:16-17 states “And would not suffer than any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And He taught, saying unto them, ‘Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.'” Suddenly, a light came on and I thought of going in to worship with a heart filled with anger and hatred or a head filled with worry! Couldn’t He have been talking of that as well because none of that has any place in a house of worship. Even as I pray at home, am I checking to see that none of that resides within my heart?
Today as I was praying with the First Commandment, which says “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”, I soon thought of being in a rut. While being in a rut, we soon make that into a false god because we think we can be separated from God, which is impossible. Often, we are tempted to think we can have a lack of Good in our life, whether the lack be of health, finances, employment, relationship or whatever. That very lack can soon become a god to us that we tend to worship and fret about. The Truth is we can never be separated from God! He is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Good!
Deuteronomy 11:16 states “Take heed to yourselves, that our heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;”. Today I choose to worship the one and only God!
As I dress for Church this morning, the question came to mind, “Do I really realize how fortunate I am to be able to worship where I choose?” Following that came other thoughts which flooded my consciousness on how Good God is. Job 42:1-3 states “Then Job replied to the lord: ‘I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. ‘ You asked, ‘ Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.”
Now, that is true security; not limited human security (which there is not) but a Spiritual knowing that all is right with Him. Today, I watch my thoughts and make sure there is room for the birth of the Christ, Truth!
This morning I am reading and praying with Acts 17:22-25. The verse that stands out to me is the 23rd which reads “Now as I was going along and carefully looking at your objects of worship, I came to an altar with this inscription: ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ therefore what you already worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.” I began to see that God is only unknown to me if I try to make Him human or outline Him in any way. When I see God as Love and Truth and Spirit, it makes more sense to me and I see Him everywhere. My goal is to daily learn more about God and my relationship to Him. God is also not in sin, disease and death. God is Good!