Today I would like to talk about the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20: 2). The reason this warning is so important, is because many of us become confused by it, misunderstanding its exact meaning. What we serve other than God can be many things. God referenced idols when speaking to the Israelites, because they had the desire to serve carved images negating His authority. However, today our images have manifested into many different types of idols that take precedence in our lives.
Many of us do not struggle with serving a specific carved image, but may still struggle with putting God first. God desires for us to make Him our number one priority because He loves us and knows that this action leads to blessings in our lives. We were purposely made to serve God. It is when we fail to fulfill this request, that we miss out on the life that God intended for us. We were created to put God first, when we don’t we miss out on His joy and peace. Instead, we experience a void. This void we experience at some point in our journey is meant to be filled by Jesus. Too often, we end up serving something that becomes our god, but is not the God in heaven. For example, some of us are slaves to alcohol, money, control, status, burdens, busyness, food, and much more. What is it in your life that you go to? How do you ease the pain or fill that emptiness you experience? We must ask ourselves what action has become our God. Once we recognize it, we can then ask God to help us replace that action with Him. And He will do just that!
God desires that we go to Him through His Son Jesus for all things. He longs for us to seek Him when we are happy, sad, lonely, troubled, and empty. He wants to be number one in our lives above all else. We are to do all things with Him in mind. He warns us not to put anything else before Him. “There sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god” (Psalm 16:4). He tells us this because He knows where this path leads, straight to a dead end road of much pain. Instead of heartache, He wants to lead us to everlasting joy and fulfillment found in Him only.
Whatever it is that has control over your life, surrender it to Jesus. Ask Him to work through you, to change you so that you can leave the old unfulfilling action behind. When we confess and ask for forgiveness, He sends His Helper to deliver us. Just as David said in Psalms, “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” When we ask He is faithful. He will do the work and help us live a life that makes him priority above all else.