Aligning with Spirit before tackling earthly concerns always creates the best outcomes. But putting God first is often easier said than done.
It's why idolatry is such a common theme in Bible stories: Golden calves, serpent's apple, Delilah's flirtations -- all are calls to be mindful of where we're investing our love, our spiritual energy. Idol worshipers get mired in the polarizing rhetoric. They despair over setbacks. They obsess on worst scenarios. They clamor after whatever panacea sparkles brightest or clangs loudest.
But like Jesus's 40 days in the wilderness, we, too, are equipped to triumph over earthly temptation. As we withdraw attention from the temporary thrills and fake promises of idol pursuits, peace and wisdom arise from within. We create space for our divine nature to guide and lead our thoughts and actions. We become agents through which God's good freely expresses.
The Psalms say, "...God is great, and worth a thousand Hallelujahs. His terrible beauty makes the gods look cheap; Pagan gods are mere tatters and rags. God made the heavens – Royal splendor radiates from him, A powerful beauty sets him apart."
Let God be so in you.