As he got out of the car Sunday, my youngest grandson, Kai, asked his mom, "Why do we have to go to church every week?" They worship at our church. She gave a typical parent answer about thanking God. Kai, pressed. "Is Poppi (that's me) God?" "No, honey, he isn't." "Didn't think so. He's not up in the air."
How many of us let someone be our God? Coach. Boss. Band Director. Spouse. Child. Celebrity. We do as they say, whether or not the true God thinks it's a good idea. Even if we don't think it's a good idea. We lose the ability to say "No" to false gods instead saying "No," to the God who loved us into being.
God tells us that if we listen to God, luscious fruit springs up around us even if things don't all go our way. In other words, if we let God be our God, we will thrive even when circumstances don't favor us. We know we have shifted gods when we are beat down, stressed, tired, angry, busy on a regular basis.
Who's God of your life? How are you training up the children in your life?
Then God gave the people all these instructions: 2 "I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. 3 "You must not have any other god but me. Exodus 20:1-3 (NLT)
5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NLT)