At the wrong possible moments we somehow misplace the keys to our cars, our home, we misplace our debit cards, our eyeglasses, and our purse or wallet. We even lose track of time thus misplacing our time. As minuscule as these things may seem, they are detrimental when misplaced.
So then what would you say happens when our worship is misplaced? What happens when we worship the wrong things and people, making them to be our idols instead of worshiping The Lord, our God? In the Spiritual Discipline Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, she defines worship as ‘that thing that we look up to, to get us up in the morning and keep us going throughout the day. Worship reveals what is really important to us.’ Pretty deep huh? What wakes you up in the morning and keeps you going throughout your day? Any worship given to anything outside of The Lord our God is misplaced worship and can be hindering and harmful to our spiritual growth in Christ.
2 Kings 17, the children of Israel decided to worship other gods even after being delivered out of the hands of Pharaoh king of Egypt. They were sent messages by prophets to turn from their evil ways and worship God alone. They rejected His statues and refused to hear from God. Two different Nations of people worshiped idols after God instructed them to turn from their evil ways. Both nation of people were killed off by lions sent by God. The third nations were given the same instructions and worshiped idols as this was what they were accustom to in their previous land, God in turn placed a generational curse on this nation of people. Their children continues to worship other gods and God is not pleased with their behavior. That means nation after nation after nation, they continue to misplace their worship and God is not pleased with that nation of people.
What if how or better yet what we worshiped affected our nation, our lineage, our children’s children? Would it change how and what we worshiped? Would it change what we looked to, to get us up in the morning and keep us throughout the day? Would it change our worship?
We seemed to have misplaced our worship.