December 28, 2021

Back at the Top

For the most part, people have good intentions and high aspirations. On a sunny day in warm weather when we're surrounded by happy people, the sky's the limit. We make promises—sometimes with no regard to how difficult they might be to keep. Israel experienced this: They'd wandered in the wilderness for forty years and come into possession of the land God had said was their heritage. And so Joshua asked them directly if they wanted to go back to the Egyptian gods of the land they'd left, or if they were tempted by the Canaanite gods of the land they were entering.
Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods.
 Joshua 24:16
They made a promise that was much more difficult to keep than they'd imagined. But we're no different from Israel. We too swear we will never serve other gods. And yet money and possessions and politics often tempt us away. We place other people where only God should be. We don't bow to statues, but we prioritize our lives in such a way that God is not always at the top of the list.

As another year comes to a close and I take stock of where I am in life and (especially) where God is in my life, it's time to re-prioritize and place God back at the top of the list.

Build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
 Jude 1:20-21
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Help me as the year closes, O holy God, to order my life according to your will.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

According to the liturgical calendar, today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents.
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