August 23, 2009

What was your god today?

Father, open my heart to Your Word today. Give me the grace to recognize the truth and the false gods in my life.

We all have trouble with the first commandment, with the worship of false gods. this isn't a new problem. From the very beginning, we have put other things before God - pride, sex, money, power. Joshua challenged his people and they remembered that God had fulfilled His promises. (Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b) They remembered that their land, their many gifts and graces, all came from God. Later, Christ Himself challenged the apostles similarly. (Jn 6:60-69) When things were difficult to accept and understand, when it was easier to leave, would they abandon God? Would they turn away. Peter answers for all of them, that God alone has the Truth, that God alone can grant eternal life.

Nothing and no one else can save us from death. Nothing and no one else is God. What was your god today? What did you put before the one true God?

The Ten Commandments are a Cliff's Notes version of the moral law written on each of our hearts. God gave them to us to help draw our attention to His law when we're so set on missing it. Review those commands with an eye to which have been causing a problem for you today.

Pick one instance when you've put something before God. It doesn't have to be big - any instance from the past day - and plan how you will prevent that from taking your focus off God and eternal life again.

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth. (Ps 34:2)

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