What’s the First Commandment? That’s easy. Even if we don’t remember the ones about the Sabbath and coveting, pretty much everyone knows the first one.
“You shall have no other gods before me.”
Why? Why is that one First?
Because it’s the most important one. The one that everything else rises and falls on.
Because if we let something else, or someone else, get between us and God, well the rest of it really won’t matter.
It’s first, because it’s the one that you and I – and every other human being in the history of ever – struggle with.
Because we want. So many things.
We want relationships. We want possessions. We want success. We want power. We want health. We want wealth. We want.
And anything, or anyone, we really want is in danger of getting between us and God.
Does that mean that all of the things that I want are wrong? And that I just have to suck it up, and pretend that I don’t really want the stuff that feels like my heart’s desire?
At least for today, because, you know, tomorrow something might feel like my heart’s desire.
No. Here’s what it means.
None of that stuff is God.
Because none of that stuff is God, no matter how badly I think I need it, no matter how much I label myself to try to convince myself that whatever it is the essence of my true identity, in the end it will disappoint me.
And then I will be off desperately seeking the next thing that feels like my heart’s desire.
So if you’re tired of the frantic cycle of desperately seeking the next thing, then the next thing, then the next thing. Only to find that none of it is really what you’re looking for.
Stop chasing whatever it is. And turn to God.
Because the only One who can satisfy the human heart is the One who made it.
And He’s waiting for you with open arms.Read More