Monday, April 9, 2018

God, and None Other

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

In my nearly sixty-eight years of living, I’ve come to believe that everyone worships something. Everyone has some set of beliefs, some allegiance. We love and need to be loved, and that drives us to the feet of one god or another. 

I said that not too long ago to a person and their immediate response was, “I don’t worship anything or anyone.” My parting remark as we ended our conversation was, “Make a serious inventory of your life and see who or what drives you to your knees.” 

Some people have compulsive eating disorders or any number of addictions because they are driven to the feet of “the perfect body, feel-good-about-yourself” god. 

Some are swept into workaholism, stealing or perpetual lying to appease “the good life” god.

Some worship “the black-sheep-of-the-family” god and slavishly live their lives playing that role.

That’s why the first of the Ten Commandments is so important. It says, “You must not have any other god but Me” [Exodus 20.3]. And as if that weren’t enough, God repeated the command after the Children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years: “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god but Me” [Deuteronomy 5.6-7].

If you have a desire to live according to God’s design, start right there. Recognize Him as God alone. No other gods of any kind. If you give Him that proper place in your life, all of His other commands should follow naturally. 

Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. Matthew 22.35-38

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