Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Trickery of Baal
1st kings 18:21
Our world today is a very secretive place. Danger lurks around every corner and this make life difficult. I think almost every Christian would agree with me that being a Christian in a world like today can be very hard. This is the thought I want to expand on.
In the time of the 18th chapter of Kings, most of Israel forgot all about God. They started to serve another god. His name was Baal, and he was a major pagan deity. They worshiped him through sacrifice and prostitution. Some say he was the god of fertility. If you look before this chapter (in the time of David), you will notice that he was not majorly on the scene and especially not as popular in Israel’s past. However, for some reason, he became the major god of worship. Now Baal he is a tricky fellow; he was able to snatch the hearts of the Israelites.
See, we all have a Baal in our life. We have something that can distract us from God. Individually, most of us know what that Baal is. For some, it can be relationships, money, video games, and even school. Anything that distracts us has a potential of leading us away from god. Baal is tricky like that. It has happened many times in my life as well as probably yours. You might even be in that place right now trying to figure out how to get back. There is always a way. First identify what it is that distracts you and then start taking action. If it’s television for example, set yourself a specified time of watching it. Same concept goes with videogames. If it is partying, identify the reason you’re doing it. Maybe you just need to let go of some influences in your life.
I hope this encouraged you today in some way. If, at this moment, you are not distracted, then I encourage you to help your family in Christ that is. We all need help at times and we all need that support in our lives. So let’s do this.
“…How much longer will you try to have things both ways? If the LORD is God, worship him! But if Baal is God, worship him.” (1st kings 18:21)