In bible class with the children we are in 1 Samuel. Today we covered idol worship. We went over Dagon, which as we know, is a half man half fish idol for the Philistines. As Kelsey was going over this, she looked to the class and said “Do you guys have any idols? Anything you love or spend time on more than God?” To my surprise, just about each child confidently said “no not really.” Now, they are only in 1st-3rd grade, so who knows if this is true or not true. I cannot speak for them, but I can speak for myself. I found myself sitting there asking myself, what is my Dagon?
Somedays it’s my job, somedays its exercise, somedays its clothes.. Somedays its buying stuff for my apartment.. Every day is a new battle with my physical being and desire for more more. Just as the Philistines put Dagon back up when he fell, I feel like I often put back up my Dagon knowing that it will eventually fall. But I do it anyway. Being a Christian is hard, ill be the first to admit it. But I have found that being open, keeps be accountable. So I want you to hold me accountable when I tell you this.
Lately, I think my Dagon has been discontentment. I am so eager to get to the next point in my life, that I forget to be in the moment. I miss out on opportunities for soul saving in the present, because I am idolizing the future. I am so restless to be a missionary, that I am starting to rush God and get restless that things are not moving in the way I want them to move. Becoming a missionary has gotten into my blood, and I cannot seem to get it out, and one day, God willing, that restlessness will be satisfied, but right now it is my Dagon and I need to learn how to overcome it. If you will, pray for me. Pray that I learn to be like Paul when he writes, “But godliness with contentment is great gain” 1 Timothy 1:6:6
And in Philippians 4:11-13
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Any advice to do this, is much appreciated haha.
I wanted to write today, to challenge you to figure out your Dagon and conquer it with application of scripture. I would love if you would comment or message me with yours and how you overcome it. This Christian life is not about acting perfect, if we were perfect, why would we need Jesus?