What is the most important thing in your life? Family? Home? Job? Health? Football team? By definition that is your god. Perhaps it was a loaded question, and you would give a different answer if I asked who is your God. Nevertheless, the question helps us get a perspective on what God meant in the first commandment he gave to Moses (Exodus 20:1-3), when he said “You shall have no other gods before me”.
Here’s another thought. What has your ‘god’ done for you? What has he/she/it done to deserve that place in your heart? Again, a loaded question, particularly if the object of your adoration is a small child, but it helps us get a perspective. When God put the commandments before the Israelites, he told them of how he had earned the right to their exclusive allegiance, because of what he had done for them in rescuing them out of slavery in Egypt. And history shows how much more he has done for the Israelites through the Old Testament, and then how very much more he has done for the whole world, in giving his precious son Jesus as a sacrifice so that we might have forgiveness, eternal life, and a relationship with God Almighty. He has already done more than enough to deserve first place in our hearts.
As the residents of UK wake up this morning to election results and a new government, we may have a range of emotions from fearful to jubilant. These people have a huge say in our quality of life. Powerful they may be, but god they are not. Just as Egypt had no hold over a people whose God decided to extricate them, no politicians on this earth have the power to change the hope and the future we have because of what Jesus has done for us. Our lives are ‘hidden in Christ’, are future is certain. So whether we are weeping or rejoicing this morning over the election results, let us cling to the security we have in him.
The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance. (Psalm 33:10-12)
And let us make him the Number One in our lives. He is certainly worthy.