For they have forsaken me and made this a place of foreign gods; they have burned sacrifices in it to gods that neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah ever knew, and they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent. They have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as offerings to Baal—something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind. (Jeremiah 19:4-5)
Thinking he was doing the right thing by making a sacrifice to Baal, the young father placed his young son on the wood. His son was his most precious gift he could give to the god he worshipped.
We hate to think that this kind of sacrifice actually happened, but it did. It didn’t have to happen, but by refusing to listen to God, they listened to the voices of the gods they followed. It was not God’s plan.
Today there are sacrifices made by us to other gods we follow that we most likely don’t realize. The gods of wealth, happiness, popularity, prestige, and more are always very hungry for our sacrifices to them. What do we give them that God “did not command or mention, nor did it enter ‘his’ mind.” When we give our time, energy and resources to things that God did not plan, we are sacrificing to these gods and there is a price to pay. The parents who burned their children to Baal lost them. Although it’s not as graphic, we may lose time, energy and resources for our children and they may be affected by it. Contentment is lost if we continue to feed the god of wealth and popularity.
It’s important to know what God wants, which is for our best. He loves us dearly and is saddened when we turn to the other gods. Seek God for the best.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that I can give my time, energy and resources to the things you have planned for me. That is where I will find peace and contentment. Amen
Faith tip: Pray through your activities and plans today for direction and guidance.