What do you value most? In our reading today, we see that people will do anything to acquire that which they consider to be of greatest value. Leah and Rachel value children above all else and because of this they are willing to scheme, allow their husband to commit adultery, give in to jealousy and rationalize a myriad of other sins. The pursuit of children has become their god and the obsession of their lives. Having kids may or may not be what you value above all else but we all struggle with idolatry. We all struggle with putting various things above God in our lives. Proverbs 3:13-15 instructs us that we must recognize the greater value of wisdom/understanding over anything else we could find. Wisdom in Proverbs is inextricably connected to God and therefore Proverbs is exhorting us to value God above all else. We need to take an inventory of our lives and confess anything that has come before God and commit to putting God above all else.
Question of the day: What is one idol that you struggle with putting before God?
God, my Father, I acknowledge that I don't always value you as I should. I confess that I often pursue things with a greater passion and commitment than I do you. Help me to see you as my greatest good and the greatest thing in the world. Give me eyes to see and a heart to pursue that which alone can offer me life, you! Amen.