Exodus 20:3 No Other Gods

“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

God had Moses go up on a mountain to learn what He wants the people to know and how to live their lives for Him. During his forty days at the mountain top God spoke with Moses. At one point God wrote on two stone tablets what becomes known as the Ten Commandments. These are not the only commandments of God, but are the core of all the rest. The first one He writes is that the people are not to have any other gods before Him.

During the time of Moses, following other gods was very common. Idol worship was seen everywhere in the sense that people physically bowed down and worshipped the idols. The people felt that the idols were real gods and could help them. God had said that He did not want any of those idols placed before Himself.

In some parts of the world, physical idol worship is still very common. In America and other parts of the world, the idea of idol worship is nearly non-existent…in a sense. Yet, in another way it is rampant and extremely common.

The new idol worship is not that the idol is a living being that can help you, but an object that can help you. Idols today are cars, jobs, positions, houses, bank accounts, power, friends, looks, abilities, and the list goes on and on.

Interestingly, even church and church ministries can become an idol that God does not like. Allowing anything to come before you and God is an idol. Anything that you give more time and energy to than you give to God is a god that God hates.

Take a look at what you do and how you spend your time. Where is your focus in your life?

Is your focus on God and what He wants?

Or is it on the things of this world?

The things of this world can become a god that is before God. God needs to be sovereign in your life. He needs to be the first and only god in your life.

I pray today that you will remove any gods in your life; that you will make God your only god; that God will be sovereign in your life; that you will allow God to have complete control of your life; and that God will do great works in and through you.


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