Bible Reading for: April 29
What is your nevertheless? What is your “high-place”? What is more important to you than God? Whatever it is, you need to take a wrecking ball to it and tear it down to the ground.
“Nevertheless, the high places were not taken away” (2 Kings 15:4). How many times have we read that statement as we have progressed through 1 & 2 Kings? It only appears after we have been told that this king or that king “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord”. It’s always an almost-not-quite kind of thing. They walk in the way of the Lord, but they don’t remove the high places and idol worship. Why? I’m reminded of Romans 3:10 which says, “None is righteous, no, not one”. No one seems to be able to get up to 100% obedience. There is always some level of sin present in every human king. Even David, who had come the closest, lusted in his heart, and committed adultery and murder. David, a man after God’s own heart; nevertheless, a murderer and adulterer.
How discouraging. Even the good guys aren’t really good guys. Of course, they didn’t have the shed blood of Jesus Christ to wash away their sin, and they didn’t have the Holy Spirit and the fullness of God’s holy Word to guide them in righteousness. You and I, as Christians, have all of that. Nevertheless. If you don’t mind my asking, what is your “nevertheless”? With Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, you can get to 100% obedience. I’m not there yet. Are you? I know what some of my “neverthelesses” are. I suspect there are other “neverthelesses” that God will be convicting me of in short order.
Having accepted Jesus Christ, and having committed myself to walk in His ways, why do I leave the high places intact? Why do I cling to my disgusting, fraudulent idols? What idols you ask? I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours. What? Confession is good for my soul but not for yours? Okay, since we aren’t going to turn this into a public confessional, let me list the most common among us men. Ready? Women, Sex, Money, Food, Sports, Physical gratification, ourselves – boy, this could go on all day. What would you rather do or have than spend time with God? Idol. Why? Why is anything more important to us than God? Why should there be any high places? Why should there be any idols in our lives? There shouldn’t.
Those kings that went most of the way in following God, lived a better life than the others that went the opposite direction, but they still earned a nevertheless after their names. I’m not a king, but I still don’t want a “nevertheless” after my name. Jesus Christ came to Earth, was beaten, abused, spit upon, cursed, pierced and crucified to free me of my sin, including my “nevertheless”. How can I look my savior in the eye knowing I have left the high places, the idols, in my life unmolested? Brothers, they need to be torn down; mine, yours, everyone’s. Each of us has to do our own demolition, but we can encourage each other to get to work and remain at work until the job is done.
As I said, I am not a king, but as a child of THE King I am a prince. I belong to the royal family. I want to live a life that is worthy of my Father, and my Brother, Friend and Savior Jesus. To do that I’m going to bring down those high places, those idols. I’m going to fire up that wrecking ball today! How about you?
Have a fantastic day my brothers! Keep your crowns straight!
Vivere Victorem! (Live Victorious!)
Your brother and servant in Christ,
Dying to self, living to serve!