THE WORD FOR TODAY
3 So Israel was joined to Baal of Peor, and the anger of the LORD was aroused against Israel.
When I was younger…some years ago…a long time ago…I joined a CB club. I was already a member of Linn Baptist Church in Linn, MS. But this new thing…the CB club was “LOTS” of fun. We had a party every Saturday Night and of course it always lasted until wee hours of Sunday Morning. Needless to say it wasn’t long before I wasn’t attending church and all of my “off time” was spent talking on the CB Radio and going to every weekend party. Pretty soon the weeks turned into months where I didn’t even worship God.
The CB Club became my Baal of Peor…my dangerous distraction in life.
The Bible records, “So Israel was joined to Baal of Peor…” Now the idea here is not just gathering in a meeting but joined in an intimate way with the practices of this false god…a complete violation of God’s commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me.”
Let me submit that we all have our “Baal of Peor”, our dangerous distraction from God’s will and purpose from our life. So what are we to do?
We must remember HIS clear command, “You shall have no other god’s before me.”
We must remember to HONOR His name always. And if an activity doesn’t honor HIS name…you know the rest.
We must remember that with ANYTHING that detracts us from HIS Will for our life has disastrous consequences. Just as the people of Israel.
By the way, I am no longer a member of a CB Club…but in the yearSSSSSSS since then I have discovered that the devil is a master of distraction and that he is still doing everything in his power to distract me from God’s mission for my life. I know that I am not alone!
Lord, grant us the discernment of spirit to recognize the ungodly distractions that would cause us to turn from YOU…In Jesus Name…Amen!!!