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Devotional for 1-6-2019

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WHERE DOES YOUR GOD COME FROM?

We can live without oxygen for minutes, without water for days and without food for months. But we cannot live at all without God or a god of our own design. We either live with the God Who is revealed to us in Scripture or create a god who we believe will meet our needs.

If we choose to live without the God Who is revealed in Scripture, we will create a god out of some “thing” that we believe has power over us, or one whose power we believe we need to exist.

Many turn their careers into a god. For them, work becomes a time of worship, and money, and the things that money can buy become their blessings and the rewards they seek. Yet, they find no satisfaction in the things they accumulate because they bring no lasting satisfaction.

There are some who make pleasure their god. They seek the thrill of an adventure, the journey to a far land, a life filled with bright lights and endless entertainment or death-defying experiences as the sum and substance of a life worth living. In the end, it is a life that becomes empty because enough is never enough.

Some look for the resolution to the emptiness of life in mind or mood alternating chemicals. Whether it is an alcoholic beverage, an “upper” or a “downer” or “new high” or a different “reality” does not matter. The “next fix” or the “bigger dose” is never enough. Life ends unfulfilled and empty. The god in chemicals cannot bring peace.

“Their sorrows increase…who run after other gods,” wrote the Psalmist.

Prayer: Father, apart from You, there are no other gods who can satisfy the longing of a heart that You created. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Psalm 16:4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips.

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