While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with the Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before their gods. Numbers 25:1-2
God had the Israelites camp for a while in Shittim. While there the men began to take the Moabite women and have sexual relations with them. The Moabite women then invited them to take a part in their sacrifices to their gods. The invitation was accepted. This caused God to get extremely angry with them and had many of them killed.
One of the strongest temptations to sin is with sexual immorality. The world uses the natural God given drive in men and women to tempt them into immorality. Once it starts, it opens the door for much more. The men of Israel had made themselves one with the Moabite women, thus, when the invitation to take a part in their sacrifices they were willing.
The world will invite you to be a part of their life-styles. Some things like a meal and a sacrifice may appear to be simple and just a fun thing to do. The problem is that often they are bowing down to something that is not God, and when you participate with them, you, also, begin to bow down to those things.
You may not physically bow down, but you begin to spend more time with those things or events, then you do with God. You may begin to place those things before God. They become your idol, your foreign god, and replace God Himself.
Jesus had sat down and ate with sinners, but He did not allow Himself to be drawn into their ways of living and thinking. He was there to be a witness and love them.
When you are out among those who do not believe in Jesus, how are you living?
Do you buy into their ways and thinking?
Or are you a light of the world, representing Jesus?
There are times you must reject an offer to take part in the world’s activities. You are to be separate and holy to God. Do not allow yourself to fall into the habit of worshipping the idols of this world.
I pray today that God will reveal to you the idols around you; that God will strengthen you to reject any idol worship; that your heart will be focused on Jesus alone; and that you will be light in this dark world for Jesus.