And Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." And the people did not answer him a word. – 1 Kings 18:21 (ESV)
In Western culture, there are many things that vie for our attentions, affections, and loyalties. Some of the competitors include work, relationships, family, entertainment, pleasure, and others.
But God wants our full, undivided, attention, affection, and loyalty. He is a jealous God!
In Exodus 20:3, God said, “You shall have no other gods before me.”
While we’d be hard-pressed to call any of the aforementioned things, gods; the fact that they compete for our attention, affection, and loyalty to God places these things in the category of “idol.”
An idol is anything that eclipses our undivided loyalty to God; something that displaces God from the center of our worship. Our dreams, desires, and self-will can easily take the place of God in the center of our hearts. When that happens, God is displaced, and we become disconnected from knowing Him, His will, and His heart.
So, like Elijah challenged those around him, let’s settle Who is first in our hearts! If the Lord is God, follow Him. If something or someone else is, follow it/them.
God will not disappoint. Others will.
Here’s an example of a prayer you could pray if you choose the Lord to be God…
Lord, I love you. There are many things that compete for my attention, and I confess that I often divide my attention between them and you. I’m sorry for not giving you my undivided attention, affection, and love. I want you to be the center of my life, and I confess you as my Savior, Provider, Protector, and my All-In-All. Help me to grow deeper in love with you and to place all challengers for my attention behind you. You, alone, are my King. Thank you loving me and for reclaiming my heart as yours alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.