“You shall have no other gods before Me.” – Exodus 20:3 NKJV
WHAT WAS the first thing on your mind when you woke up this morning? Was it how you were going to respond to last night’s Whatsapp message? Was it to see your friend’s latest post on social media? Or was it to see how you can spend time with your maker before you set of to work today?
The list is exhaustive, but for many of us, chances are that the latter would be somewhere in the middle of our list of priorities to do in the morning – if not at the bottom, or worse – not all. However, have you ever heard of the phrase, “we make time for the things that we love most?” So the question is – how much do we really love God? Or are we just paying lip service.
In a conversation with Moses on the top of Mount Sinai, the Lord told him to tell his people that they “shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3 ESV). He went on to say, “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. You shall not bow down to them or serve them” (Exodus 20:4-5 NKJV).
Now, you might think that, “well I don’t have a carved image that I worship everyday” but the things that we spend our time on most (Whether it be phones, social media, sport, music, games, clothes, you name it) might as well be our “gods.” But did you know that the Lord himself said he is a “jealous” God. Not only that but, he says he “will not share your affection with any other god!” With that in mind, who or what are you sharing God with?
The Bible says that we should “seek first the Kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33NKJV). That means that before we engage in any activity or decision we should put God first, and everything else should be secondary.
Therefore, as we begin a new month – make it a point to re-arrange your list of priorities and put God at the very top because it is only Him that can only satisfy all our needs and wants and give us the joy and peace that all these other “gods” cannot do.