Day: 25 | Plan: Numbers
Today's Reading: Numbers 25
Numbers 25:3 (NIV) “So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the LORD's anger burned against them.”
Balak failed at every attempt to convince Balaam to place a curse on the Israelites. (Numbers 22) However, what Balak wasn’t able to do, the Israelites did to themselves.
God brought judgment and discipline on His people for participating in the worship of other gods. Our key scripture actually uses the word “ yoked” to describe the relationship Israel had with Baal of Peor, the fertility God. The Hebrew word for yoked is tsamad and means to fasten together (figuratively) and to serve (mentally).
It is easy to see how the Israelites could have been seduced by the power and influence of another god. God had condemned the Israelites to wander in the desert for 40 years because of their unbelief, and a weakened faith makes us easy prey.
There have been seasons of life where I have become disillusioned with God. When He wasn’t answering my prayers or “fixing” my problems fast enough, I was seduced by the god of gotta-have-it-now. Cute fashions chanted my name. Each store made it easy to indulge by offering coupons and extra discounts for credit card holders. It wasn’t long before I was “yoked” to this god, serving him with new purchases, mounting secret debt and sacrificing our family finances each month to make the minimum payment.
Maybe you are struggling today with being unequally yoked to a false god. When we focus on the one true God, then these false gods lose their power over us. I am confident God and the work of the Holy Spirit can set you free. Confess and call upon His name. He is all sufficient for your need and longs for you to experience His perfectly peaceful yoke of grace and mercy.
Prayer : Lord, I am guilty of spiritual adultery. Like the Israelites, I have given my affection and loyalty to another god. Please forgive me. I repent of my sin and ask You to renew a steadfast spirit in me. I long to be yoked to only You, the God of peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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