... And he proclaimed to the man of God who came from Judah, "Thus says the Lord: Because you have disobeyed the word of the Lord, and have not kept the commandment that the Lord your God commanded you, but have come back and have eaten food and drunk water in the place of which he said to you, 'Eat no food, drink no water,' your body shall not come to your ancestral tomb." I Kings 13:21 NRSV
The man of God listened to God when he was with King Jeroboam. He refused food and drink and returned by a different path. But when a prophet claimed that an angel said it was okay for the man of God to eat and drink what the prophet gave him, the man of God stopped obeying God's direction. This led to his death. He was deceived by someone whom he thought he could trust.
Sometimes we think we have listened to God and followed God's direction. However, we have merely followed God halfway. Others whom we trust come to us with a different message. We are deceived.
Have you ever been deceived from following God's direction?
God, even while we think we are following you, we are often led astray. Direct our steps, Lord, and if we should stray have mercy on us. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims