Our God is the one with whom we spend time, give affection to, depend on for comfort in hard times, talk about, and trust.
And God spoke these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no others gods before me. 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; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sins of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
We read in Exodus that God has made the rules very clear – He is God, and I am not. That, I believe, is the ancient battle that mankind has fought since the beginning of time. The sin of pride is what cost Adam and Eve paradise in the Garden of Eden, and pride is the sin that is the source of all other sins. Pride tells us that the “rules are different for me”.
God made it clear that He is the Lord of the universe and ruler of our life. If we choose to make another god in our life, we must pay the awful cost of that decision. We read in Acts, chapters 4 and 5, the story of Ananias and Sapphira. They had made their money their idol and had chosen to conceal their sin. This was especially fatal in the infant Christian community which required real faith toward God and trust in their brothers and sisters. They truly relied upon one another for life and death in those perilous times of persecution. The God that Ananias and Sapphira publicly claimed was not the god in their hearts. For that decision, they paid in full.
We too must decide who is our God (or god). Our God is the one with whom we spend time, give affection to, depend on for comfort in hard times, talk about, and trust. So, we all need to fill in the blanks. Who is the God/god we count on? In some cases we can name television, sports, work, alcohol, sex, other relationships, etc.
We must make the critical decision of whom we will follow, whom we can trust. God has promised us that He can deliver us from our sin and slavery and that He will love us forever. We must decide to trust Him with our love and devotion, as well as our obedience. This is the acid test of our trust in Him.
By John Jung
From the book Reflections: a Look at God Working in Us