Avoiding the Baals

Image by Rod Anderson of The Christian Post

Image by Rod Anderson of The Christian Post

“The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel.”      2 Chronicles 17:3,4 (ESV)

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On a family trip to Chicago a number of years ago, I was able to attend a White Sox game with my son. We arrived at the game late and shortly after taking our seats, a White Sox batter hit a home run with the bases loaded…a grand slam!

Everyone quickly jumped to their feet yelling, applauding, congratulating, and in the excitement of the moment, my son and I joined them.

And then it hit me…we were worshipping!

I’ve been writing about how we are drawn to illegitimate ways to meet our God-placed needs, and yesterday I wrote about the importance of cooperating with the Holy Spirit to cut out that sin.

God calls it circumcision of the heart.

Working with the Holy Spirit to deal with our sin takes time and effort. But as busy healthcare professionals, where do we find that time? What better way to carve out that time than taking it from one of our idols? One of the more common Baals in our society is sports.

In 2002, the NFL found that the average male spent 7 hours/week watching professional football. Over the past 13 years, that time has probably increased.

There is nothing wrong with relaxing and periodically watching our favorite team play. The problem arises when that time comes close to or exceeds our time with the Lord.

The NFL season concludes with the Super Bowl this weekend. That means if you have been an NFL fan these past several months, you will now have some extra time. How do you plan to spend it?

Even if your leisure time is not spent watching sports…how much of that time do you give to the Lord?

Giving the Lord priority over our free time will pay rich dividends when it comes to progressing toward the abundant life. Consider reviewing how you spend your free time to make sure your priorities haven’t deviated from His.

Enjoy the games as He provides opportunity…and leave plenty of time for Him.

Prayer: Lord, reveal my idols and help me be a good steward of my time.

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