Exodus 20:3 (NIV)
3 “You shall have no other gods before [besides] me.
Here I am. And so it is laid out for us – don’t put anything before/above God. It’s clear, straightforward, succinct, and doesn’t leave room for interpretation. I think He wrote it for our days more than he did for the days it was written. In the old days, it was easy – a golden calf, asherah poles, laws and rules, etc. Those became what were worshipped, not God. Easy to see, easy to identify. Today, we have TV, clothes, homes, cars, etc. that appeal to our vanity, not our souls. It creeps into everything and our eyes don’t see.
Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)
18 “Come now, let’s settle this,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
I will make them as white as wool.
While our eyes are gilded with the trappings of wealth, God pulls us aside and lets us know that he is still there for us, never changing, perfect pure love, waiting that we come to him, like the father of a wayward child.
Isaiah 65:1 (NLT)
65 The Lord says,
“I was ready to respond, but no one asked for help.
I was ready to be found, but no one was looking for me.
I said, ‘Here I am, here I am!’
to a nation that did not call on my name.
Here I am he says. Here I am he stays.