What Controls You?
"And all the king's servants who were within the king's gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage."
What do you worship? Let me ask it this way, "What or who controls you?" Chances are that the person or thing that controls you is also the thing you worship. In our "enlightened" society we may not create idols of gold or silver but we still have 50 inch flat screens that we sit in front of for hours at a time. It may not be an object, it may be a person. Husband, wife, child or even a boyfriend or girlfriend could be elevated to the point of our worship. In short, anything we place above God in importance is an idol we are worshiping.
In the book of Esther, Mordecai was commanded to worship Haman and yet he refused because he knew it was wrong. He was not going to allow himself to be controlled by an evil official. He knew what was right and therefore refused to worship anyone besides God. Friend, we can learn from Mordecai. If there is anything in your life that you may be worshipping, it's time to stop. Ask the Lord to reveal to you any idols you may have created and seek God's forgiveness and grace. He will gladly give it to you and help you to find the joy that comes from worshipping Him alone.
Life Lesson: We are to worship, or be controlled by, God and God alone.
I am sorry for those times I have placed other things in front of you. I know that I have worshipped lesser things and I ask that you would forgive me. Fill me with Your Spirit and give me the strength to worship and be controlled by You alone. In Jesus' name, Amen.