The Pebble in My Shoe

Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”  ~Matthew 4:10

The pebble in my shoe is a little stone that rubs my foot, when I walk.  Over time the pebble makes a sore on my foot.  My foot may become callous to the pebble, if the pebble stays in one spot.  But, then the pebble shifts a little and I start getting irritated again.  The simple answer is to take off my shoe, take out the pebble and then have a happy life.  Unfortunately, the pebble in my shoe keeps getting replaced.

The pebble in my shoe is a question … If giving honor to the names of other gods offends the Creator God, why does my calendar come pre-printed with the names of seven false gods? 

For example, if I want to set an appointment on Creation Day 5 of this week, people don’t understand what I am talking about.  I have to give honor to Thor, the god of Thunder, for people to understand I am setting an appointment on Thursday.  When I get ready to set an appointment, the pebble in my shoe gets irritated.  The fifth day of the week does not belong to the false god, Thor. 

God is offended that I would take the day that He created and dedicate it to a false god. 
This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
   ~Psalm 118:24

When God looks at us, He does not want any false gods in His presence.
God said, “You shall have no other God’s before me.”  
~Exodus 20:3

I am not working hard in honor of the Sun, Moon, Thunder or any false god. 
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the LORD and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.  ~Colossians 3:23-24

Can you help me with the pebble in my shoe?

About Chaplain Dan

Chaplain Dan was born in the United States and grew up in Japan as a missionary. He met his wife at Biola University in California. After some seminary, he switched to business and got an MBA. He works in finance and volunteers as a Gideon.
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