2 Chronicles 28:23b – “Since these gods helped the kings of Aram, they will help me, too, if I sacrifice to them.” But instead, they led to his ruin and the ruin of all Judah.
King Aram was looking for success in all the wrong places. Looking at the temporary triumphs of the nations around him, he deduced that their successes were due to the favor of their false gods, and began to emulate their worship rather than pushing through faithfully in the worship of the one true God. His devotion was based on what was working at the time instead of what was true, and that will always lead to demise.
God is true when things are going well and when they are not. Expediency is not what drives worship; truth and grace, God’s love, and His unchanging nature and reality must be what roots our worship and devotion. “In this world you will have trouble,” Jesus said, so clearly circumstances cannot be trusted as a guide. God’s word and spirit, and they alone, are our guide.
In our world, it’s tempting to look around and see successful people and want to emulate what they are doing so we can experience the same kinds of success. That is not entirely bad – it can actually be good, depending on who we choose to emulate. It becomes a problem when we begin to bow down at the altar of success rather than the altar of God. When bowing at the altar of success, we tend to put things before God, and our worship becomes idolatrous just like King Aram’s.
Now, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with success. I am saying be very careful what you worship, and who is in first place in your life. For when God is pushed out of first place, or when we begin to compromise His truth for success, we are on the road to personal destruction.
God, this day I choose to put you first in my life and ask that you would reveal to me if there is any idol in my life that I am worshiping above you or that I am worshiping, period, besides you. You are my God, my truth, my hope and my source of life. Today I choose to worship you alone. In Jesus’ name, Amen.