Each day in November, the Everyday Truth blog is looking at a different name for God and providing a family devotional for you to use with your kids. The goal is to keep our hearts focused on giving thanks to God during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.
Have you ever played King of the Mountain? The goal of the game is to push the other person off the top of a pile of dirt or the top step of the patio. The person who is at the top is the king, but it's usually pretty hard to stay the king because someone is always trying to topple you off.
One of the names that the Bible uses for God is God Most High. Psalm 97:9 tells us "For you, LORD, are the Most High over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods." This verse tells us that God is the king of the mountain. When the Bible says He is the Most High, it means that He is the best, the most awesome and the most powerful. He is the guy in charge.
But, what does that mean for you? If God is the Most High, then what position should He have in your life? He should be at the top, right? God and what He asks of us should be more important than anything else in our lives. Let's use a quick illustration to show you what this means.
Either set up a step ladder or draw a picture of a ladder. On separate pieces of paper, write down things that are important to you -- things that you are willing to dedicate lots of time to doing. In our house the list might look something like: soccer, hockey, reading, blogging, running, hanging out with friends. Now, place those things on the rungs of your ladder in the order of their importance to you. On the top rung of the ladder, put a piece of paper with the word God on it.
Now, have someone in your family climb the ladder. To get to the top, what did the person have to do? He had to step on all the other things, right? But, he didn't step on the word at the top, correct? If we put God in the most important place in our lives -- if we acknowledge that He is God Most High -- then everything else will be less important than He is. We will be willing to push other things aside to do what He asks.
Sometimes, though, we get mixed up, and we try to put other things at the top of the ladder. Those things try to push God off of His spot as King of the Mountain. If we make soccer the "most high" thing in our lives, then we have to move God to a different rung. To get to soccer, we now have to push God out of the way.
If we don't have God in the "most high" spot in our lives, then He can't offer us all the blessings that He would like to because we aren't seeking after Him. Matthew 6:33 says "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." When we put God first, everything else will fall into place.
On your leaves for your thankfulness tree today, write down ways that you are thankful that God leads you. You might be thankful for His help when you have to make a hard decision or thankful for His help when you have to decide between right and wrong. Add these leaves to your tree.
Pray together as a family and tell God that you want Him to have the "most high" spot in the life of your family. Ask God to show each of you if there's anything you have put in God's spot that you need to move down the ladder.