Exodus 20:1 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 You shall have no other gods before[besides] me.”
Current events have once again challenged my perspective and driven me back to these words from God’s own mouth, His #1 commandment. “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” This is God’s #1…forever!
God’s “Egypt,” then, didn’t specifically mention the little “g” gods that occupy our “land of slavery” now. Today our “land of slavery” is defined by vital issues like mass shootings, racism, political affiliation, sexual orientation and individual rights. Too often we’ve let those issues lead us to justify any means to an end as long as it’s the end we’ve decided is best. That’s a sure sign we’ve replaced the real #1 with the god we know best, ourselves. Over time we’ve let God’s Word go in one ear and out the other.
God’s #1 purpose is still to remind us the “land of slavery” is real. It’s filled with vital issues we can’t solve alone. Only when we’re willing to recognize that fact will He bring us out of the “Egypt” of our own making and make His own #1 commandment our #1 priority too. “You shall have no other gods before [besides] me.”