“And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he turned not aside from it, doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD: nevertheless the high places were not taken away; for the people offered and burnt incense yet in the high places.” 1 Kings 22:43
This morning as I listened to my Bible on CD, I heard the phrase over and over again “the high places were not taken away”. It was perplexing me because it stated that someone was doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord yet they did not get rid of the high places. But in my spirit, I heard the question “What about your high places?”. I realized that there were many things that I had not placed in submission to the Lord. Each time I do this, I am serving my own god as it states below:
“They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.” 2 Kings 17:33
There was one king (Hezekiah), who was different:
“1Now it came to pass in the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, that Hezekiah the son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign.
2Twenty and five years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name also was Abi, the daughter of Zachariah.
3And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father did.
4He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.
5He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
6For he clave to the LORD, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses.
7And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth:” 2 Kings 18:1-7a
Now I see that in my life, I have high places which I have held above God . . . high places which must be torn down so that the Lord will be with me and prosper me everywhere I go.
What about you? Are there still outposts in your life that you are holding above Him?