During this One Thing blog series, I’m going to write about things that can supersede our love for God. These are modern day idols. God should take first place in our lives. Idols are anything that vies for first place. The first commandment is “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).
When God said “no gods before Me,” He was literally saying no gods “in my presence.” God is holy. He cannot be in the presence of sin. Our worship of anything other than God is sin. So, God cannot be present in our lives when we choose to focus on idols.
The second commandment explains what the “other gods” could be. “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them” (Exodus 20:4-5a).
I want to never look to an idol when I should be looking to God; never bow down and worship what was created. Will you accept the challenge to rid yourself of the created things that keep you from keeping God number one in your life?