This week’s Mindful Monday devotion is about choosing a God, something we ALL do. Yes, ALL of us. I choose the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and down the line through Jacob’s son Judah to Jesus Christ. Your neighbor may choose Buddah, your doctor may choose Krishna, your Facebook friend may choose Loki. You may say you don’t choose at all, but not choosing is your choice. Your god is then atheism. Some people choose the god of money, some the god of sex, some the god of fame. We all choose a god. Which god is yours? Here is a devotion from the January 22, 2013 issue of Our Daily Bread that speaks on this issue. I pray you are mindful of what your choice is as the week goes on.
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” -Matthew 12:30 (NIV) Words of Jesus Christ.
Choose Your God
By Bill Crowder
Read: Joshua 24:14-18
Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . . But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. —Joshua 24:15
I recently saw a commercial for an online game based on Greek mythology. It spoke about armies, mythological gods, heroes, and quests. What got my attention was the description of how to get the game started. You go online to register, choose your god, then build your empire. Wow! “Choose your god.” Those words, though presented casually in the ad, struck me as being characteristic of one of the most dangerous things about our world. In a game, it may be insignificant what “god” you choose; but in the real world that choice has eternal consequences. To a generation of Israelites surrounded by the gods of their day, Joshua declared that they must choose their god—but it must not be done in a cavalier way. He set the example as he said, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15). Today, as in the days of Joshua, there are many options. But there is only one wise choice—the true God. Joshua made the right choice. “We will serve the Lord.”
The gods of this world are empty and vain,
They cannot give peace to one’s heart;
The living and true One deserves all our love—
From Him may we never depart. —D. DeHaan
Nothing can fill the emptiness in your heart except God.