Tuesday, November 23, 2010

They feared the Lord and....

I read this passage this morning and have been thinking about it all day. The one word that got the nation of Israel in trouble was the word "and." It struck me that not much has changed in nearly 3,000 years. We still have our "and" to deal with. Here's the verse that caught my attention and makes me think about my own life,

2 Kings 17:33They feared the LORD and served their own gods according to the custom of the nations from among whom they had been carried away into exile.

The "and" always gets us in trouble, doesn't it? Here are a few examples of how much trouble this can cause us:

-We love God AND our stuff. From experience I will tell you that God won't allow that "and" to remain. The creator will not compete with his creation.

-We fear the Lord AND man. Fear of man will quickly take our focus off of God.

-We serve God AND money. As you know from Jesus' words this will not work.

So I wonder. How much of my life is complicated and compromised by "and?"


Anonymous said...

Last night we, as a family, read Judges 18 - Micah and the tribe of Dan. Your post reminded me of that account. The story in Judges 18 struck us as a very odd story, but it may be closer to home than we care to think.

Schweers' Mom said...

Do you suppose there is a problem with, "Lori feared the Lord AND loved Kona coffee?" If so, I'm in big trouble.

(Just kidding - great post!)