Trusting in something besides the LORD? Finances? a relationship? a position? Anything before him is idolatry.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
When asked which of the commandments was the greatest, Jesus gave them an answer that wasn’t in the 10 Commandments. Let’s look at the passage:
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like [equal to, the second part of] it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40
Jesus knew that if we love the LORD with all of our hearts, that if we trust Him with everything, to be our Light, our Shield, and our Provider of everything we need, then we would keep the rest of the commandments. We would have no need or desire to break them.
#1: “You shall have no other gods before me.” Sheep trust their shepherd and only their shepherd. If our Shepherd is meeting all of our needs according to His riches in glory (Phil. 4:19), then we have no need for any other gods/shepherds.
#2 “You shall not make for yourself any graven image.” The LORD is the Power behind everything in our lives. He uses all things to teach us and to keep us. When we focus on His tools rather than Him, the Craftsman, we run the risk of idolizing the tool. Loving Him and trusting Him with all our heart keeps us from this temptation.
The rest of the commandments are easy to keep when we love Him because His Spirit guides us into all truth and empowers us to keep His commands.
#3 “You shall not take the LORD’s name in vain (misuse it).”
#4 “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.”
#5 “Honor your father and your mother.”
#6 “You shall not murder.”
#7 “You shall not commit adultery.”
#8 “You shall not steal.”
#9 “You shall not give false witness (lie).”
#10 “You shall not covet (want what is not yours).”
Without the Holy Spirit living in our hearts equipping us and empowering us, we can’t keep ANY of the commandments. With Him living in us and walking beside us, encouraging us and empowering us, giving us the want-to to want to, we can keep ALL the commandments. We begin by making the decision to love the LORD our God with all our heart, soul, mind and with all our strength. We demonstrate our love for Him by loving our neighbor as ourselves.
King David said, “Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11. Let us have undivided hearts and be wholehearted today in our service to our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. HE IS our All in All.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
For, we are always with Him; He holds us by our dominant hand, He guides us with His counsel, and when this life is over, He will take us into Glory (verses 23-24). Folks, it just doesn’t get any better than that!
Abba, I pray that You will search my heart and flush out any cobwebs of idolatry that might be lurking in the corners. I want to serve You with an undivided heart, with my whole heart. See if there be any offensive way in me; if there is, then help me root it out! Then, lead me in your way everlasting. This is my daily prayer, O LORD. Amen.