Thursday, March 15, 2018
For the next 10 days leading up to Holy Week, our devotionals will come from the Ten Commandments. During Holy Week we will turn our attention to the Lord’s last days before His crucifixion.
Read Exodus 20:2-3 (Commandment #1)
A DIVINE MANICURE
I don’t get manicures, but what if the Ten Commandments were given by God knowing we have 10 fingers. What if He gave us these ten simple instructions and our digits served as the Divine reminder to manicure our lives?
Each instruction is designed to shape us for good. The 10 guard the good of others, and therein God leads us to be well. He knows the Fall wounded our hearts, and an untended, wounded heart will wander and wound others. So the 10 protect others from our wandering wounds and protect us from seeking that which is enslaving and deadly.
The first commandment protects us from chasing after other gods that would lead us into slavery. For example, in ancient Rome, today, March 15, was the Ides of March. It was a day when the goddess Anna Perenna (i.e. “per annum”) was worshipped. She was the goddess of the Roman new year, which began in March, and was celebrated so that they would have good fortune in the new year. Many other “gods” were worshiped as well, which led to rampant superstitions controlling their lives.
God knows, we too can put “other gods” on the throne. It might be a March Madness of our own making, such as our work, our money, our friends approval, our health, sex, technology, safety, school or intellectual achievement. God knows we are prone to look for significance and satisfaction from the creation, rather than in the Creator (Rom 1:25). When this happens, we become slaves to creation, rather than living abundant lives as free children of our loving Creator.
Father, I know my heart will not be truly satisfied until I find ultimate satisfaction and joy in you. Keep me from wandering, wounding others, or putting anything before you. AMEN.