Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper – August 2, 2022

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 2

 

And Elijah came near to all the people and said,

“How long will you go limping between two different opinions?

If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.

1 Kings 18:21 (ESV)


 

ELIJAH: PURIFY YOUR ALLEGIANCE TO THE LORD

The pledge of allegiance first appeared in print on September 8, 1892, in The Youth’s Companion, an educational publication. In its original form, it read: “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands—one nation indivisible—with liberty and justice for all.” Its author was Francis Bellamy, an assistant editor of The Youth’s Companion, who intended it for a one-time recitation. But its immediate popularity transformed it first into an annual Columbus Day tradition and then into a daily classroom ritual.

 

Since its debut, Bellamy’s pledge has undergone two major alterations. In 1923, the National Flag Conference of the American Legion replaced the somewhat ambiguously personal “my Flag” wording with the more explicitly patriotic “the Flag of the United States of America.” And in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill that added the words “Under God.” (Charles Panati, Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things)

 

President Eisenhower wanted it to be clear that our allegiance to our nation was subordinate to our allegiance to God. Elijah knew that God’s people had been wavering in their allegiance to God. He challenges them in 1 Kings 18:21 to make up their minds and decide to follow God.

 

Reflection

 

In the sermon, Cole challenged us about little gods in our lives. Did God convict you about any of your little gods? Have you made the decision to change your priorities? Are you sticking to it?

 

Praise/Prayer

 

Confess your allegiance to God in prayer today. Tell Him why you believe He should be first in your life.  Ask God to give you the strength to be consistent in your allegiance to Him.

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