God is seriously funny in how He deals with the gods we set before Him
“Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagonand set it by Dagon. And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and set it in its place again. And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. The head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only Dagon’s torsowas left of it.Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor any who come into Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.” –I Samuel 5:1-5, NKJV
Who are we to think that we bring God into our house, to ask Him to sit alongside that which we hold more dear than Him.
The Philistines didn’t get it the first time. And so set their god back up next to the presence of the One True God.
So God not only toppled the god into prostrate worship before Him, He took the thing’s head and hands too.
These gods we set up as powerful in our lives are mindless and worthless. Their minds, their purposes, are nothing when compared to the purposes of the Lord of your Salvation.
What they do for us, what need we believe they fill in our lives, are like dismembered hands, strewn across the room and separated from the source of their power.
Lay down the idols.
Be not like the Philistines who saw the power of God, who recognized that God did not respect those gods and instead of bowing to the most powerful God, they instead kicked Him to the curb.
And God did not take it lightly. Pestilence is a calm word for what followed.
Be not like the Philistines.
Clean house…but clean it of all other gods.
“I am the Lord your God…You shall have no other gods before Me.” –Exodus 20:2-3, NKJV
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