What are our high places?
As we’re reading through Kings and 2 Kings, we read about good Kings who did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. Some of them demolished idol worship everywhere within their kingdom and others destroyed most of it but left the high places. And the people would continue to worship idols in the high places.
Do we have high places in our lives where we continue to worship our idols? Pieces of our lives which we want to keep under our control and refuse to give over to God?
Some areas I had a big and long struggle with but eventually gave over to God are:
My children. It was a very big relief to finally understand that God loves my children more than me and my worrying over them did no good for anyone. God is with them always – loving them and taking care of them.
My career. It was also a big relief when I really understood that my career came from God. I am where I am because that’s where he wants me to be. When he wants me to be somewhere else, he’ll guide me there. Meanwhile, all of my achievements and successes and promotions and pay increases come from him.
Our finances. I never felt that we had enough money to tithe – until we started tithing. Since we’ve started tithing, we always have enough money for our needs. And whenever God decides that we need some extra, he sends us an unexpected check or makes some more hours of work available for my husband.
God amazed me last year when I felt that he was telling me to plan a trip to Israel but I didn’t have the money. So I asked him to show me how I was supposed to pay for it. And he orchestrated an award for me at work which I didn’t even know I was nominated for. The total of the award was the price of the trip including – of course – a tithe of the amount. He couldn’t make it more obvious, could he?
I have learned that, when I was trying to control these things, I was actually keeping them from coming under the blessing of my Father God. Since I have recognized his Lordship in all of these areas of my life, he has consistently me in each of them – every day in every way.
Thank you, dear God!