March 9, Tuesday Devotion
21 “Present the case for your idols,” says the Lord. “Let them show what they can do,” says the King of Israel. 22 “Let them try to tell us what happened long ago so that we may consider the evidence. Or let them tell us what the future holds, so we can know what’s going to happen. 23 Yes, tell us what will occur in the days ahead. Then we will know you are gods. In fact, do anything—good or bad! Do something that will amaze and frighten us. 24 But no! You are less than nothing and can do nothing at all. Those who choose you pollute themselves.
25 “But I have stirred up a leader who will come from the north. I have called him by name from the east. I will give him victory over kings and princes. He will trample them as a potter treads on clay.
26 “Who told you from the beginning that this would happen? Who predicted this, making you admit that he was right? No one said a word! 27 I was the first to tell Zion, ‘Look! Help is on the way!’ I will send Jerusalem a messenger with good news. 28 Not one of your idols told you this. Not one gave any answer when I asked. 29 See, they are all foolish, worthless things. All your idols are as empty as the wind.
God is calling for the people of Israel to explain why they have put other things as first in their lives. However, before they are able to make their excuses, God makes it clear that there is no excuse good enough. Have you failed to make God first in your life? What excuses have you been making for this behavior?
Lord, we often fail to give you the proper place in our lives. As we begin another week of the pressure to re-order our priorities, help us to stand strong and to remain committed to you. Amen
Thanks to guest writer, Shea Zellweger. Shea pastors the Millry Church of the Nazarene in Alabama.