I have been reading through some old testament books over the past week or so. I am reading through 1 Samuel currently. Though I have made it past chapter five, I still periodically go back in my mind to a story in that chapter. I LOVE the truth posed in that passage. God will not be mocked. He alone is God and there is none, ABSOLUTELY NONE, beside Him!
“Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth, before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and set it in its place again. And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torso was left of it. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor any who come into Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.”
Dagon was a god whom the Philistines worshiped. He was part man and part fish. He is said to have been the “chief god” of the Philistines. Imagine the shock that these people had when they found their god on its stony face before the ark of God Almighty! God is Holy and He alone is worthy of worship and praise.
Again, these people sat their god up, next to the presence of the God of the Israelites, and the very next morning, not only was their god bowed down before God Almighty once more, but they also found Dagon broken into pieces.
Dear friend, our God will not be mocked. He is Holy, Righteous, and Matchless. Anything that we put more time, devotion, money, love or passion into besides God becomes an idol. All idols will be torn down. All idols will fail in comparison to the One who created you and I. Are you worshiping something or someone that is finite? Are you pouring time, money, emotions, and love into something that will one day pass away? If you are (and most of us, if we are honest with ourselves, are.) then you are not only setting yourself up for loss and heartbreak, but you are not fulfilling the purpose for which you were made and THAT will keep you from ever finding a true peace or happiness.
What were you and I created to do? We were created to worship. This is why it is so natural for us to cling to people, famous or not, or to things. This is why it is so easy to pour everything you have physically, mentally, and emotionally, into a person, job, degree, or money. We were created to worship. But we were not created to worship the temporary things of this life. We were created to worship the ONE TRUE LIVING GOD. When we worship anything less than Him, we will be hurt and unstable in this life.
What are you holding in a higher position that the Lord? I do not have to hear your answer to be able to tell you that it’s not worth it. It’s not worth it! Ask the Lord to help you re-position your priorities so that He is the greatest in Your life. (This prayer brings pleasure to His heart and He WILL answer. It may take awhile, but if you are fervent and you do your part, then you WILL see Him change your heart!) Do not simply try to fit Him in. Place Him where He is supposed to be. Dead center. Then everything else that is supposed to be in your life will fall into place. And as you worship, He will fulfill your every need and desire. I am speaking from the sweetest experience. The cost may seem great — but He is worthy at any cost…because He has willingly and most lovingly paid the highest cost for us!
The richest man on this earth is the poorest man if he does not have a true relationship with Jesus Christ. What you gain as you seek to put Christ where He belongs in your life will outweigh any riches of this world.