“Put nothing in the place reserved for God.”—Seeds of Spring devotional
As a writer, I have a no-brainer favorite pastime: reading books. I try to ensure I read material that edifies, educates, and empowers me to be a better human and follower of Jesus Christ. However, I’ve noticed a time or two (maybe more than that) I’ve placed those great inspirational books above the Word of God.
If you’re reading this post out of curiosity and not so much because you hold the same convictions I do, I’ll tell you this. In the life of a true Christian—one who is living and loving like Christ—the Word of God (Holy Bible) is the authority for our lives. To us, it is alive and powerful, corrective and loving, inspiring and fulfilling. To put anything above His Word is to have an idol in our lives, something that isn’t acceptable to Him. Why? It’s simple. The Lord went to great lengths to have unbroken fellowship with us, so naturally, that is what He desires in return.
When I noticed that these books were competing for God’s place, I remembered how priority looks. It’s not saying that God comes first; it’s saying that God is in a category all by Himself. No one should ever be able to take His place in our lives because He’s our foundation, as well as our center and focal point. With that in mind, I had to check myself and repent. The Lord doesn’t mind me reading what I read, but He doesn’t want me to neglect intimacy with Him.
With that being said, I decided to stop letting books, even godly books, take the place of the Word in my life and I already see the fruit of it. I desire prayer and worship more, and I am encouraged to read His Word and listen to Him.
Have you ever been at a place where you’ve allowed godly things to serve as a distraction in your life? Repent and ask the Lord to give you hunger for His presence and to desire intimacy with Him more than your need to escape from the hubbub of life. He is with you. Take comfort that He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.