Devotionals & Prayer

April 17
Don't Listen To Them!

by Bill Fisher

“If then they say, ‘Come let us worship other gods’ – gods you have not known before – do not listen to them. The Lord your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul. Serve only the Lord your God and fear Him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice and cling to him.” Deuteronomy 13:2b – 4.

You would think that the Lord wouldn’t need to tell Moses to warn the Israelites about such false “other” gods! After all, these folks saw the might of the Lord strike down the Egyptian army, part the Red Sea and speak with His thundering voice from the mountainside of Sinai.

Surely, they wouldn’t need this admonition. Surely, they wouldn’t need to hear “Don’t listen to them!”

Truth be told, I find myself needing to hear these words daily as I navigate through this great adventure of following Jesus. But why? I mean I’m in full-time ministry. I know Jesus - He has saved me and is changing my heart - “changing” being the key word.

Still, the Lord tells me “don’t listen” to the empty promises of those other gods fighting for my heart and soul. These other gods ALL boil down to subtle lies fueling my pride and selfishness tempting me to serve and follow anything but Jesus. 

Do I truly love Him and Him alone with all my heart and soul? Do I serve only the Lord my God and fear Him alone? Do I obey His commands? I’m not sure about you, but this as a daily pop quiz for me! And, the grades are often all over the page.

But, this I know: the best way to heed His admonition “Don’t listen to them!” is to listen for His voice every day through the living Word given to us in the Bible. And then cling to Him, as my grandson did to me last night when he woke up crying from the croup. We rocked and he settled down, just as do I when I cling to the Father.
 
What are those other gods that whisper for your attention?

Bill Fisher is the area director in Plano. He and Tracy have been married for 29 years and have been involved with Young Life as club kids, volunteer leaders or staff for 40 years. They have four children. one grandson. six chickens and three dogs.

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