His Presence a Non-Negotiable!
1 Kings 18:21b "How long will
you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him;
but if Baal, then follow him"
Non-negotiables are things in our
lives that are neither up as options nor bargaining chips. When people allow
non-negotiables to downgrade into options, they become divided in choice. And
when given options, there is the propensity to adopt the path of least
resistance and make a bad choice.
Such was the state of compromise
with the people of Israel, who instead of making God's presence a
non-negotiable, chose to float between Baal and God. They started out their
journey with God and along the way, felt that He was probably an option they
could afford not to have in their lives.
One of the things that the devil
will fight hard to get us to do is to make God's presence an option. When God
becomes an option, He is no longer our only pursuit.
This was the difference between
David and his son Solomon. The baton of spiritual leadership was passed from
father to son and it was dropped during Solomon's time because Solomon made
God's presence an option.
God become an option in your life? Don't just make Him central (as opposed to periphery) in your life, make Him the one and only.