The God Most High

February 2, 2021
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The history and archaeological findings about the people of antiquity have interested me for a long time. In fact, we went to Egypt some years ago, partly for that very purpose. We saw the pyramids and the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. We also went to Jordan and saw the remains of the city of Petra. Lately, while walking on the treadmill for 45 minutes five days a week, I have been fascinated to read about how the early people of Sumeria developed writing and agriculture, and about the buildings that they constructed. They seem to be one of the earliest civilizations that we know about. Interestingly, Ur in Sumeria is where Abram came from. In that area, there were a number of different gods that were worshipped. No doubt, Abram knew about these gods, yet he worshipped the God Most High. He lived more than 2000 years before the birth of Christ.

Genesis 12:1 – Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, from your family and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you." (NKJV)

In a roundabout way, via Egypt, Abram and his people ended up in Canaan. After he and his men had defeated King Chedorlaomer and rescued the family of his nephew Lot, who had been taken captive, a stranger showed up:

Genesis 14:18-20a – Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: "Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand." (NKJV)

It must have been an amazing revelation to Abram that he met up with a man who also worshipped the true God, as we do, God Most High, who later gave His life as a ransom for many.

It seems to me that many of us, even dedicated Christians, unwittingly put other things in our lives before God Most High, like sports and sport heroes, movies and movie stars, money, pleasure, prestige, success in business at any cost, or personal belongings, like cars and the places we live. We may not consciously worship them or idolize them, but we put them ahead of God. It is important that we put God Most High first in all our decisions.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we human beings have such a tendency to put our priorities in all the wrong places, and not in You. We pray that a real change will come about and that more people will worship You and Your Son Jesus. We ask it in His holy name. Amen.

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Joel Jongkind <austria67@bmts.com>
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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen.


    Praying to that end, Joel.


    So true Joel. So much to distract us from God Most High. Blessings.


    Appreciate the good reminders in your writing today, Joel. Brings back memories to me. Thank you.


    Thanks, Joel. I also love this history and have been to Jordan and Egypt, so I like the connection you made to scripture.


    Joel;
    Thank you for your devotional on Abram today. It is amazing how God can use us when we put Him first. To think Abram had a name change and is called the father of the faithful. A man of righteousness. Keep well. Keep safe.
    By Grace Alone.


    Dear Joel,
    I enjoyed your knowledge of the Middle East that you shared with us and tied into the Bible verses. It is so true that I put other things before God often. Thank you for the reminder to help me get my priorities straight.


    Hi Joel:
    I have just moved and am in isolation for 14 days.
    I am allowed one visitor who came last week to help with a few things. There is still lots of unpacking and settling to do, but I’m doing it slowly as I was very tired after the move.
    Last Sunday I watched a service where minister’s sermon was based on John 12:1-11. Your devotional reminded me of it as he talked about Mary anointing Jesus’s feet with $30,000 (Cn) worth of perfume. She understood who Jesus was and gave her all to Him.
    Keep writing.
    Blessings.


    Dear Joel,
    There is such opportunity at this time to seek God first in everything. What blessings we receive when we place our love for God above everything. Your writing places God first in our hearts. Thank you very much.


    I have long been fascinated by ancient Egypt and have longed to visit but have not so thanks for sharing about that.
    And then the reminder of what we put ahead of the Lord.
    We forget everything belongs to Him and we have these things through His grace.
    Thank you.


    Thanks, Joel, for today’s devotion.
    I enjoyed it very much.
    (Quebec)

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