“The idols speak deceitfully, diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain. Therefore the people wander like sheep oppressed for lack of a shepherd.” Zechariah 10:2.
If I go down the wrong road, I’ll probably end up in the wrong place.
What are the influences on me? Are they Godly?
I cannot trust my heart. Why? Because it doesn’t think long-term. It’s after instant gratification.
How can I avoid being taken in by false gods?
I must be mindful of God without ceasing. I have attempted it and, trust me, it is extremely difficult to do. I never fully understood how distracted my life is until I decided to be constantly mindful of God.
I know that God is omnipresent but how easily I lose track of His presence. Some of it is that an interruption turns into a period of lengthy disengagement. Being mindful of Him absolutely requires discipline. I need more.
It makes me think of the Brother Lawrence book, “Practicing the Presence of God.” BL, however, lived in a monastery. He didn’t have the phone ringing and places he had to go to. That’s my excuse for losing track of Him, and I’m sticking with it!
Seriously, practicing His presence is a worthwhile goal for me as I try to stop chasing other gods.
Conclusion: I must follow Him without ceasing.