Exodus 20:5-6 NIV 2011
“You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
In the Desert of Sinai, three months after the Israelites fled Egypt, God summoned Moses to the top of the mountain. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. This is the second of the Ten Commandments. From Exodus through Isaiah and beyond God continued to tell the Israelites not to worship other gods. Judges 6:10, “I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites…” Nahum 1:2, “The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.” Worship the Lord God.
Wholehearted devotion to God and nothing less is easy, right? Unfortunately, there are idols in our lives that creep in, consuming that wholehearted devotion. A desire to be in control is the first step away from our ability to worship God. Money, time and love are things we think we can control. In the end they control us. Releasing control of our lives to Him liberates us from the bondage of all idols. God desires a relationship with us. I will worship the Lord daily.
What are the idols in my life?