High Places

Thanks to my wonderful, beautiful wife I was able to go to bed early last night.  I woke up about 3:00 AM to go to bathroom. (I know TMI)  While I was up for that short period of time, I began to think about the books of the Bible I had just finished reading.  I had just finished reading Kings, and it occurred to me that the same theme was rampant throughout the two books.  It would read something like this “And so and so became King and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.”  This usually had something to do with not putting away the high places and sacrificing to other gods.  Every time I read that I would shake my head and think “They are just not getting it.”
But last night I began to wonder if I was doing “evil in the sight of the Lord.”  I began to realize that I sacrificing my time to my other gods, which are television and the things I did on my computer.  It’s not what you think, I like to surf the web and play games.
I don’t think either of those is inherently evil, however if you put them before God then it is sin.  And that’s what I’ve been doing.  My schedule is something like this:  

  1. Get home from work about 4:00 PM.
  2. Eat dinner.
  3. Watch TV until about 9:00 PM.
  4. Read until 9:30 PM.
  5. Read my Bible for 15 minutes.
  6. Pray for 15 minutes.

Do you see the problem here?  And if I were particularly tired, guess what was omitted.
As far as television is concerned it’s not like I was watching anything new or of value.  I have cable and over 200 channels and often we would “there’s nothing on,” but still settle on a rerun of something, rather than turning off the television and reading a book or playing a board game.
Do you have something in your life that you put ahead of God?  I hope and pray that through God we can tear these things down and offer ourselves to God as a “living sacrifice.”

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