We all have things we are committed to – things we spend a lot of time and energy on along with a big chunk of our money. Things like careers, houses, cars, sports, shopping, the latest gadgets and video games fill our hours, leaving little or no room for a relationship with God.
If we lived back in Biblical times, it would be said that we are a slave to these things. We choose who we serve and when we put anything above God in our priorities, there are negative results.
King Rehoboam, the king of Judah, led his people in turning away from the One True God to serve idols – all kinds of idols. Since the people were unfaithful to God, God let King Shishak of Egypt capture Judah. The people then realized their sin and God saw. As a good father, he let them pay the consequence of their sin which meant the King of Egypt became their king but God promised to give them deliverance soon.
In 2 Chronicles 12:8, God said, “They will, however, become subject to him (the King of Egypt), so they may learn the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands.”
When we choose something other than God to be slaves to, we also pay consequences, such as – large debt, broken relationships and lack of purpose and meaning in our lives. When we turn back to God, he promises to deliver us from this misguided slavery. It may take a while. We will pay some consequences. It will probably take some real effort and work and commitment on our part.
But God, our good Father, is faithful. He will deliver us.
Thank you, Abba Father.