Our God is a God of freedom. Before God gave the Israelites the 10 Commandments he freed them from their slavery in Egypt. He doesn’t give them the 10 Commandments to Lord over them. He doesn’t give them the 10 Commandments to hold them down and enslave them. He gives him the 10 Commandments so that they might continue to live in the freedom and victory that he has blessed them with. If we are to understand the true meaning behind the 10 Commandments is not about what they forbid but about how they empower us to live.
The 1st commandment is “you shall have no other gods.” Why does God not want us to have any other gods? The answer is that there are no other gods worth having. There are no other gods that can save us. There are no other gods who overcome the challenges we face in this world. There are no other gods that enable us to achieve victory over the challenges we face.
In 1 John 5:5 it says: “who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”
Is there any other who overcomes the world besides Jesus? No! Anyone or anything else that we make to be God will fail us. It might be sooner or it might be later, but unless we trust in Jesus the day will inevitably come when everything around us will come crashing down.
So why does God want us to trust in him? Because he loves us! Because he wants us to experience all that he has created us for. God wants us to experience victory.
Right now you might be facing a great challenge in your life. You have a great burden you are trying to overcome, but you just can’t break through.
Here is something I want you to think about: if you are failing to live in victory, maybe God is not in the proper place in your life. At the foundation of so many problems in our lives is an idol problem. Maybe you have made your God to be success in the workplace. You have made your work desk to be your pagan altar. At that altar you sacrifice your time, passion, energy, health, and family. But there is a hole in your heart and you do not feel satisfied. It is time to set aside serving the god of success in the workplace and worship the true God.
God does not want us to bow down to other gods because no other god is worth living for. There is no other God worthy of our time and our effort.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57