In the first part of this post (scroll down to post below), we reviewed Deuteronomy 8:11-20.

The final verses (19-20) say this: But I assure you of this: If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods, worshiping and bowing down to them, you will certainly be destroyed.  Just as the LORD has destroyed other nations in your path, you also will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.

Notice that when Moses is speaking of the LORD our God, the word ‘God’ is spelled with an upper case ‘G’.  When the word ‘god’ is spelled with a lower case ‘g’, it is referring to other things or beings that other people (usually referred to as pagan people) worshiped as their gods.  In Biblical times other people worshiped idols (inamimate objects that they believed to have power) or beings to which they prayed, bowed down to, and for which they made sacrifices.  That seems primitive to most of us today, but the truth is that many of us do worship and bow down to other gods.

God should come first in our lives.  Anything deemed more important than Him that we ‘serve’ is a god.  Anything that becomes the basis for which you live your life, or keeps you from fully worshiping God or putting Him first in your life, is another god.  A few common gods in today’s life are money, status, self (pride), and even those precious little beings in our lives that we call children.  Yes, children.  Who comes first in your household?  Your spouse or your children?  Do your children’s needs, wants and desires control your schedules, budget, and ability to have alone time with your spouse? Better yet…do their needs interfere with your ability or willingness to go to church and/or tend to your own faith needs?  I hope the answers are ‘no’ to those questions! 

So do you worship or bow down to other gods?  I hope your answer is ‘no’ to that question, too!  However, if you discovered that you do put your love and desire for money, status, self, children, or _______________ (you fill in the blank) before all else in your life, then this is the time to recognize those tendencies and reprioritize your life so things are in better order.   

How about as a nation?  Are we putting God first in our nation’s life?  Or are we allowing ourselves to bow down to other gods? 

I believe God still wants us to be one nation under Him, for Him, and abiding by His ways.  I pray for us to be that nation, and for HIm to continue to favor our country with His blessings.