Again, Israel turned aside and served other gods. Where have we heard this before?
They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths and the gods of Aram and Sidon and Moab and the gods of the Ammonites and Philistines. What an array of gods to pick from. We don't have those kinds of gods now.
Or do we? We have aspirations and ambitions. We have wants and desires. We have greed and envy. We have jobs and hobbies. We have friends and family. Every time we put these interests ahead of God, we have served a Baal or an Ashtoreth.
Family and friends are good, but they cannot come before God. Aspirations and ambitions are not bad in themselves, but when we let them take over our lives they become idols. We get caught up in the busy-ness of the mundane everyday and forget to put God first. That's when our lives get all out of kilter.
Help us to know that our lives depend on You alone. Give us the wisdom to seek You first and let all these other things fall into place in Your good time.
In Jesus' most precious name.