Epiphany 4, Saturday, Year B

Inspired by Deuteronomy 13:1-5

“The LORD your God you shall follow, him alone you shall fear, his commandments you shall keep, his voice you shall obey, him you shall serve, and to him you shall hold fast.” Deuteronomy 13:4 (NRSV)

There is so much competition for our attention. Every day we’re bombarded with options for entertainment, fashion, commerce, success, popularity, and leisure activities, not to mention the ordinary concerns of family, work, chores, and errands, to name just a few. Some of these concerns are important; some aren’t as important as we make them out to be, and some aren’t important at all.

Yet all of them have the potential to be our god, the object of our utmost attention and even worship. But none of them are worthy of that level of attention, because there is only one God.

When we allow a lesser concern take the place of God in our lives, we focus on it to the exclusion of everything else, even those important things that do merit some attention of their own. But when we keep God as God in our lives, following and serving him alone, then we’ll also be attending to the other important matters in our lives, because God wants us to have strong, healthy family relationships, and contribute constructively to society, and any number of other things. And those things that we do end up losing or letting go of when we focus on God alone? We find that those are the things that weren’t actually all that important anyway, and we didn’t really need to be giving them our attention in the first place.

Let us pray. Sovereign Lord, you alone are God. Help us to keep our focus on you, that we may give our attention to those things that are pleasing to you, and not to those things that would lead us astray. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.