He doesn’t say just “I am the Lord God,” but “I am the Lord YOUR God.” That distinction is important. It implies a relationship. Not only is he supreme, and the ONLY God, but he is ours! But how often do we let other things come between us and our God? Do we really feel that he IS ours?
I feared him and wanted to do what he said, cause as a little kid I wasn’t so thrilled about prospects like judgment and wrath. I figured it was a good idea to toe the line and keep the rules, but you can do this only for so long for someone who isn’t truly yours. Eventually I got frustrated and burnt out, because only in a relationship can God’s love be worked out. They are so unnatural for one thing, so opposed to what our flesh desires, that keeping them for someone with whom we are not deeply involved becomes a real imposition.
This is an interesting book that I was able to read a portion of this weekend. I hope to someday have the opportunity to finish it, since it was quite convicting. The author is a single woman who discusses how many things in our everyday lives become idols, and it’s not just the obviously bad things like drugs, alcohol, and illicit sex. Think about TV, food, money, your children or spouse (or lack of those.) If any of those becomes so much a focus for your life that you begin to look to it for your comfort and fulfillment, you have replaced God with an idol.
Idolatry is not just a stone image; it is taking a good thing and making it an ultimate thing. –Tim Keller
When A truth (besides Jesus Himself) becomes THE truth, it becomes UNtruth. –Mike Wells