Devotions for May 28, 2014

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2 Kings 17:32-41

32 These new residents worshiped the Lord, but they also appointed from among themselves all sorts of people as priests to offer sacrifices at their places of worship. 33 And though they worshiped the Lord, they continued to follow their own gods according to the religious customs of the nations from which they came. 34 And this is still going on today. They continue to follow their former practices instead of truly worshiping the Lord and obeying the decrees, regulations, instructions, and commands he gave the descendants of Jacob, whose name he changed to Israel.

35 For the Lord had made a covenant with the descendants of Jacob and commanded them: “Do not worship any other gods or bow before them or serve them or offer sacrifices to them. 36 But worship only the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt with great strength and a powerful arm. Bow down to him alone, and offer sacrifices only to him. 37 Be careful at all times to obey the decrees, regulations, instructions, and commands that he wrote for you. You must not worship other gods. 38 Do not forget the covenant I made with you, and do not worship other gods. 39 You must worship only the Lord your God. He is the one who will rescue you from all your enemies.”

40 But the people would not listen and continued to follow their former practices. 41 So while these new residents worshiped the Lord, they also worshiped their idols. And to this day their descendants do the same.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: The people in this passage continued to follow their former evil practices, while still worshipping God. How is this like you? Is there any similarity to that in your own life? Have you made a choice to follow God and worship Him, but still walk in your old ways?

Q: Do you spend more time worrying than praying? Do you confess the worst instead of confessing the word of God? Are you consumed with stuff and not the Savior? What is important to you? Have you made a choice? Are you choosing alignment with God over the idols of this world? Or are you still trying to serve both?

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