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Worship God Only

Read | James 4:4-8

In people, jealousy is a negative trait. But for the Almighty, it’s a holy attribute. God wants to be our top priority—the love of our lives—and He is unhappy when we worship anyone besides Him. This is justified, as only the Lord deserves our praise.

When reading in the Old Testament, we might not understand why the people would bow down before idols they had made with their own hands. Surely, they did not think that these were living and powerful! But we make a similar mistake, placing too high a value on our own “idols,” like money, relationships, appearance, and power. Though not bad in themselves, these can become objects of worship if we let them have too much importance. That’s why God is jealous for our hearts.

There are two reasons that our Father doesn’t let His children’s devotion stay out of balance. First, He deserves the glory. And second, His love for us is so great that He wants what is best in our lives. Praising Him above all else is actually in our own best interest. Therefore, when our hearts do not belong solely to Christ, He disciplines us. Often, this means allowing challenges in our lives to mature our faith and remind us who is the one and only God. Hardships are not pleasant, but we can be encouraged that God is making us complete in Him.

This week, notice where you spend your time and money and what dominates your thoughts. Even if your pursuits seem good on the surface, ask the Lord to reveal whatever has become an idol in your life. Confess any misplaced affection, and ask for help in making God the object of your devotion.

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