The 10 commandments speak to the greatest challenges we face as humans!
1] “You shall have no other gods before me” (We find it hard to let God be God). 2] “No idols – images” (No person, thing, or image can represent God” 3] “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain” (We find it hard to speak appropriately about God especially when the wheels are coming off). 4] “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy” (We grimace at giving God the time He requires of us). 5] “Honor your father and your mother” (We don’t like to submit to authority). 6] “You shall not murder” (We struggle with anger and conflict). 7] “You shall not commit adultery” (We find it almost impossible to stay sexually pure in mind and body). 8] “You shall not steal” (It’s difficult to be a person of integrity). 9] “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (We struggle with being honest). 10] “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, etc.” (We find it challenging to be content).
The law reflects the glory of God. So, when we keep the law we are glorifying God. The problem is we can’t do it, but we’re required to try. Why does God put this kinda stuff on us? 😉 Well, to illustrate our utter dependence upon Him! I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying: “Whistle while you work”. Ephesians 6:10 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” Because the verb “be” is in the passive voice it really means, “be continually strengthened”. The command to be continually strengthened causes the saint to depend on the Lord for the supply of that strength. So here is a new saying for you: “Pray as you try”. Pray and ask God for the strength – His strength – to love Him with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and your neighbor as yourself. Oh, you’ll still fail here and there, but you’ll be surprised at how much more you are able to glorify God as you believe Him to supply the strength.
Go in God’s strength!
Love, Pastor J