Thou Shalt Have No Other God Before Me

Deuteronomy 6:5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength

The Ten Commandments were given to us from God to guide us to a more fulfilled life with God. When the slaves came out of Egypt, they had been in bondage for 400 years. They had seen the way of the Egyptians, worshiping gold, power, idols, and wealth. For 400 years they were not allowed to make decisions on their own or have freewill but now they were free. Free with no clue how to direct their own lives. They had been beaten down and no self esteem. While wondering the desert they seemed ungrateful but that is partly because they did not know how to provide for themselves. In their slavery, the Egyptians were the ones that controlled their every waking moment, provided them with food (which may have been little, but it was food) and water. Now here they are, in the desert with no Egyptian to give them anything and nothing easily insight for them to obtain.  The Lord had set them free and they were glad but this was totally out of their comfort zone.

Now before you say ‘what a horrible comfort zone!” let me explain. The comfort zone is a behavioral state within which a person operates in an anxiety -neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviors to deliver a steady level of performance. A comfort zone is a mental condition that a person creates to give themselves a sense of security. It is a mental boundry that as long as a person stays within its parameters, whether good or bad, the person feels a sense of ease.

The Israelites had a slave mentality which was their way of live for 400 years. When their backs are against the ocean with the Egyptians closing in on them, it is easy for us now to say what of little faith. But they knew the wrath of the Egyptians;they knew the sting of the whip or death. They were terrified. God showed them he loved them by opening up the sea and allowing them to pass while holding off the Egyptian guards. He also showed his strength when he then closed in the ocean and drowned the army, closing the gap back to Egypt.

The slaves now had to start to find a new comfort zone. Moses led them for 3 months to Mount Sinai which during that time God took care of him and gave them food and water as they needed it. Moses then went up the mountain and received the 10 commandments. Moses was on the mountain roughly 6 weeks. The Israelites felt abandoned and alone and began to sin. Moses was so angry when he came down the mountain and  seen them that he broke the 10 commandments tablets.  The people realized their evil ways and Moses went up the mountain again to bringi back the 10 commandments.

We live in a world of many distractions and can be easily strayed

In our modern day we have so many distractions that it can be hard to disern what is correct. We love to be in our comfort zone but sometimes we just need to stop and pray for the Lord to lead us to his truth. Just because it feels good does not mean it is always right.

Deuteronomy 6:13-15 Fear the Lord your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name. Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God and his anger will burn against you, and he will destroy you from the face of the land.

 

Put God first in your life and all else will fall into place.

Amen

 

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