This was the case with the nation of Israel. God had called a nation of believers from out of bondage and captivity. He prepared a way for them to be set-up nicely in a land flowing with all kind of blessing and provision. He had prepared a method for each of them to purposefully give him right placement in their lives through worship, feasts, festivals, and offerings. In short, he had prepared the plan for their redemption, raised up those who would be instrumental in guiding them in their daily walk, and had repeatedly driven the enemy from the land in order to settle them in their land of promise and blessing. He had laid the foundations.
- Worship of God as the only true God begins to take a backseat to some other “god” of the day – work, play, relationship, money, possessions, education, status, or perhaps even religion.
- Giving him first place in our lives becomes less important than the things of the day that offer intrigue, present life in a new way, or offer us something that tantalizes the “taste buds” of sin that clamor for satisfaction so deep within each of us.