Exodus 23:32-33 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.
Here in the United States of America the vast majority of the people who live here put on the front of worshiping only one God. Almost anyone you might talk with would say, “I have no idols or false gods which I worship.” Really?
I heard a young preacher deliver a message to his youth group entitled “God Shelf.” The basic idea was this. You have one shelf in your life. On this shelf, you may only have one item at a time. Whatever is most important to you right now goes on this shelf. If the one true God is there, you are in good shape. However, what if a job becomes more important to you than God does. A job is only one possibility. It could be that a girlfriend, spouse, position, fame, or whatever has become more important than God is right now. Then you must take God down off the God shelf and place that item in its place. Only one item can be there on the God shelf at a time.
Can you see the problem? It seems that we live our lives often wanting to rotate God on and off this shelf. Truly, only the one true God of the Bible who created everything, should be on our God shelf. After all, it is named after Him!
The young Pastor hit it on the head when he preached on this “God Shelf.” Let me ask you, what has possibly taken the place of God on your God Shelf today? Whatever it is, don’t you think it is time to remove it, and place God back in His rightful position in your life.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Exodus 22 – 24 / Psalm 35 / Proverbs 8 / Mark 15 – 16
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Exodus 25-26 / Matthew 23:1-22
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director