Liberating Love Devotion, January 23

In the fall of 2018, I heard a voice calling me to create a devotional that connects God’s children closer to God, closer to each other, and closer to the saints and sinners who make up the Bible. I heard it in the midst of a season when leaders who call themselves Christian were distancing us from God, from each other, and from those same stories that teach us who we are in the world. I hope these devotions offer comfort, encouragement, and deepening connections to God’s earth and God’s many and diverse children, so that we may be a people building God’s Beloved Community together. You’ll find a devotional here every Wednesday in 2019, and in other places I posted about below.* The devotions are written as if from God, and I hope I did not fail in my effort to honor both God and you in the process.

2 Kings 1:2-3 Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice in his upper chamber in Samaria, and lay injured; so he sent messengers, telling them, ‘Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover from this injury.’ 3But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, ‘Get up, go to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say to them, “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?”

The thing that made the people of Israel distinct from all others is that they had come to learn that I am the one true God. And yet everyone around them worshipped false idols, and they were constantly getting pulled away from their relationship to me, even kings like Ahaziah. My prophets, like Elijah, constantly had to remind my people to put me before all other gods. Today, I am not as worried about you or those in your community worshipping the god of Ekron. I am worried about you worshipping the god of materialism, of others’ approval, of self-indulgence at the expense of the community’s well-being, of personal comforts at the expense of this planet. What are the idols, the things you treasure, that come between you and me? How can we work together to banish those idols?

*You can find us Tuesdays on Twitter (@DevotionalLove), Thursdays on Instagram, Fridays on Facebook, and if you sign up here, you’ll get a devotion in your inbox every Sunday!

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