Exodus 20: 1-3
And God spoke all these words “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
“You shall have no other gods before me.”
FREEDOM. As American’s we love this word. It is the basis for our country, but what exactly does it mean? DICTONARY.COM defines it as exemption from external control; the power to determine action without restraint; or personal liberty. Sounds good to me.
Unfortunately, there’s a shortage of freedom these days. And no, I”m not talking about your civil liberties. That’s an issue for another day on another blog. I’m talking about personal freedom. Freedom from addictions. Freedom from the “rat race.” Freedom from debt. Freedom from worry. Freedom from all those things that interfere with your personal happiness. Those things that stop you from pursuing your God-given dreams. Those things that interfere with your peace and joy.
Most Americans (and that includes me) have bought into what the advertisers tell us–WE NEED MORE THINGS! If we just had more things, we’d be happier. If we had more things, we could finally get skinnier, prettier, and richer, then we’d be happy! Right? WRONG!
I refer you back up to the definition of freedom. Free from external control. If we believe what the advertisers want us to believe then we have no freedom. Because we’re too busy buying all the things we supposedly need to be happy. And then after we have the THING, then we have to worry about paying for them. Before we know it, we realize we bought the wrong THING, and then we need the new THING.
And so the cycle continues.
So, how do we find freedom? The above verse tells us all we need to know to find that freedom. Let’s look at it again. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. Do you see it now?
If you want out of the land of slavery, then have no other gods but the one, true God. What are your other gods? Nice clothes? Cars? Gadgets and more gadgets? A lifestyle you can’t afford?
Keep your focus on God, follow His principles for a godly life, and then you will find freedom.