September 28 - Exodus 20:3-6
September 28 - Exodus 20:3-6
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3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
Now that God has reminded Moses of who He is and what He has done not only for Moses, but for the Israelites, God is ready to give Him the ten simple commandments for them to follow. The first commandments God gives them is about their relationship with Him. Then He goes into how they should treat and respect each other.
These first two commandments are extremely serious, and I know we break them daily. How can we expect to have the relationship we could and should have with God if we daily are disobedient to the first two commandments He gave us.
When I make a list of things I must do, I always put the most important ones first. I feel God did the same with these two commandments coming first. We are to have no other gods before Him. What things do you hold as more important than God? Anything can be a god to us. Work, our home, our children, our spouse, our reputation, our looks, our possessions, our cars…literally anything that keeps you from being completely with God and worshipping Him as You should, can be a God. I believe TV and entertainment easily becomes our God. I know many times I have to stop and evaluate how I am spending my time. It’s not that we aren’t supposed to have fun, but so often we say, “I just didn’t have time to read my bible and pray today. I didn’t have time to study this week’s bible study.” But what did we do instead of spending time with our Creator and Savior? I know I play games on my phone, I watch TV, I read, I find many things to do with my time that has nothing to do with God and has nothing edifying for me, yet I often don’t find time to be with God. Pray today that God guides you to things you might have put in place of Him without realizing it. Pray for Him to prompt you to pick up His love letter to you and read how much He loves You and how He wants to spend time with You, rather than the many other things that the enemy is prompting you to do with your time.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for this reminder of who we are to You. I know I don’t spend enough time with You, although more and more I am taking time to read Your Word and pray, I know it is never enough. I know as a mom; I can’t get enough time with my children. I love talking to them, hearing about their day, hearing their dreams and what they are thinking. I know You too love hearing from Your children. I know You have so much to share with me and teach me, if I will only take the time to be with You. THE ONE who created me and knows exactly what I need in any given moment. You want to feed me the healthy bread of life that I can find in the Scriptures, but instead I pig out on the waste of junk food that the world has to feed me.
Father, help me stop and think about what will matter 100 years from now and spend my time on the things that truly matter rather than the things that will die away and be forever forgotten. Help me keep You first and never forget that how I represent You to the world truly matters.
In Jesus’ name.