Are you ready for some football?
Are you ready to worship God?
Which question caught your attention more? Football is a huge part of our culture. It is also a great opportunity to bond with family; relaxing, sitting around together, chatting, and rooting for your team. There is nothing wrong with this at all.
The danger comes in false worship. Who do we praise more our football team our God?
“You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God.”
– Exodus 20:3-5
The Lord warns us all throughout the Bible the dangers of having false gods before him. Anything we may worship other than Him is a false idol. We may not even notice we are doing it. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the world around us, living for the next football game or our favorite movie coming out. When we drive our car down the road we watch for warning signs to keep us safe from; deer crossing, road construction, bump ahead, etc.
The Bible is our warning sign making sure we do not place any false idols before God. It is important for us to live in the world, not of the world. This week it is okay to be excited to watch football or your favorite show, but make sure this does not take precedence over your time with God whether in prayer, worship, church, or devotional.
Here are some warning signs God gives us throughout the Bible:
“Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:14
“Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.”
– 1 John 5:21
“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them.
– Jonah 2:8
“All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame.”
– Isaiah 44:9