Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God…” NASB
Exodus 20:3 – “You shall have no other gods before Me.” NASB
I have often said and believe that if you want to build a sound structure you have to begin with the right foundation. If you omit the basic principles or steps and begin at a wrong starting place you will never reach the desired destination. That is true in life and in God.
God gave the Ten Commandments as guides for life, not options. They are guides to help us develop a healthy relationship with Him and handle life’s difficulties. The Ten Commandments are God’s Ten Laws of Life. I never ask anyone to accept what I say or think as the final word on human conduct or direction in life. I always refer them to the Word of God and encourage communication with the LORD Himself and His Spirit.
Jesus, summed up the Ten Commandments in Matthew 22:37-40, “And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
Tragically in this age of confusion, when many seem to have thrown their old convictions and beliefs on the trash heap and have loosed their moral moorings, we need to revisit the Ten Laws of Life. They are guideposts not simply prohibitions to keep something from us or us from something. I realize that there are those in today’s world and in today’s church that disagree and believe these laws of life are antiquated. I disagree!
Some feel that the Ten Commandments have been left in the believer’s rear-view mirror spiritually. I contend that you can no more run past these laws of life than you can run past the North Star in the skies from the earth. These are not merely arbitrary rules like which side of the road you drive on. They are rooted in Divine Principles and are Guides for Life which are invaluable and liberating.
Albert Einstein did not begin each day reciting the multiplication table. Yet, he could not ignore that 2 x 2=4 without utter confusion. Modern Scientist do not rush to the apple orchard daily to reaffirm the law of gravity. Yet, they cannot ignore that law without disastrous results.
I ask that you join me in considering the First Commandment that begins with God. “I am the LORD your God…” It begins with the Great Assumption of the Reality of God. I suggest that it is not an assumption but a recognition of all the evidence in the creation of the Creator.
The Bible makes virtually no defense of the declaration that God Is! It is not an appeal to get us to accept it but an assertion that GOD IS! There is no effort made to prove the existence of God. It is assumed and even declared in scripture that only the fool would say there is no God. The Psalmists do not argue proof of God’s existence but rejoice in His Mercies. The Prophets do not try to prove Him they proclaim Him!
They do not take that position because there is no proof. There is abundant proof of the existence of God. An ordered universe is incredibly revealing of His existence. The human body is another incredible evidence and argument against evolution. I believe that the writers of the Bible did not deal with proof is because evidence alone is inadequate in a real sense.
I know people who have an old rose from a casket pressed in a book for a keepsake. It is a reminder or evidence that you loved and lost but it is a poor substitute for that person. Some have baby shoes hidden away in a box or a drawer reminding them of that little baby that once sat on their laps and hugged them. Those are evidence of that the baby that toddled out of their lives but not out of their hearts. But they are poor substitutes for that baby.
I believe that the writers do not concern themselves with proof is because they have something better to offer. It would be of little value to argue about the reality and usefulness of bread when the table is spread. Of what value would be an argument about the reality of water to the thirsty when they are standing near a gushing spring. They did not argue to prove God because THEY HAD GOD!
I want to discuss more but will pause here and take this up in the next devotional. Until then may God bless you richly and guide your journey.