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When we place some things or people in higher regard than we should, it can cause us to drop our consideration of the Lord God Almighty to a lower level. But each day we can choose to set Him at the highest level in our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair

The high places

My trips to Alaska to visit my son have included three stops at Mt. McKinley, called Denali. Its incredible beauty is enough to take one’s breath away. Denali is the tallest mountain in North America at 20,320 feet and is a magnet for nature lovers, photographers, outdoor enthusiasts and mountain climbers. Its beauty, however, shrouds danger. Violent winds, sleet, snow, severe cold and avalanches are common occurrences. Yet every year several hundred climbers struggle to reach its summit.

Man-made high places such as buildings, statues and other landmarks, can’t compare. The Old Testament tells about God’s people who elevated their man-made gods to high places, where they worshiped them. They believed their gods gave them strength and prosperity, but it always resulted in their downfall, from the strong, mighty nation they were to one overtaken by enemies.

Today so-called man-made gods aren’t necessarily statues of mythical creatures or dead heroes. They may include gems and money, classic vehicles and other items of great monetary value. Anything or even anyone can become our idol of choice. Even while believing in and worshiping the one true God, we can be tempted to set things above Him. They may include our homes or families, careers or leisure pursuits, our health, our church or ministry.

Mark 12:30 tells of a Jewish scribe who asked Jesus what the first commandment was. Jesus answered, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)

We can ask ourselves how much of our heart we are devoting to the One True God as opposed to other things or people. Does our mind belong to Him alone, or have we chosen to supplant our thoughts with ones that are trivial or even sinful? Do we love Him for the inner and outer strength He has gifted us with, or are we filled with pride for doing things “on our own?”

Perhaps Jesus’ statement to the Jewish scribe is worth daily consideration of our response—and obedience to—His command.

Lord, thank You for Your profound love that draws us. We want You to be in the highest place of our heart, soul, mind and strength, higher than even Denali. Keep us from the temptation of placing anyone or anything higher than You, things that could cause our downfall. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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