Daniel, Chapter 3, Verse 40-42
40 So let our sacrifice be in your presence today and find favor before you; for those who trust in you cannot be put to shame. 41 And now we follow you with our whole heart, we fear you and we seek your face. Do not put us to shame, 42 but deal with us in your kindness and great mercy.
Has your efforts to follow the will of God been less than you wanted in your life? Well? Welcome to the human condition. Emotions are what being human is about. Imagine the emotions of Peter after the resurrection. If your emotions or sinfulness which for some reason you have committed despite your best efforts have left you flat. You are human. Remember the disciples on the road to Emmaus; they were at left flat at the loss of the Christ. Like Peter they felt they could have done more. Today walk with our Lord tell Him all.
In a sermon by Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas she states:
“Put away the gods that your ancestors served...” Joshua declares. Doing that requires an act of self-examination. Spend at least five minutes with each question; even if all you do is listen to your heart.
1. What are the gods that I serve?
2. What does my bank statement or my credit card statement say about my values?
3. What does the way I spend my free time say about what matters most to me?
4. How does the way that I treat family-members and co-workers, neighbors and friends show which gods I serve?
5. To what do I give my best, most focused attention and care?
6. What do I Really care about?
7. What motives really drive me?
8. What goals really draw me forward?
9. Are there compulsive patterns of thought or behavior to which I am excessively attached?
You and I can go to church and say very sincerely that we worship God, but in the hurly-burly of daily life there are all kinds of lesser gods that tug at us and clamor for our attention and our devotion.