Sunday, September 11, 1994


READ:  Deuteronomy 5:1-7




"You shall have no other gods before Me."


Exodus 20:3


British statesman W. E. Gladstone (1809-98) visited Christ Church College

and spoke optimistically about the betterment of  English society during

 his lifetime. His outlook was so positive that a student  challenged him:


 "Sir, are there no adverse signs?"


Gladstone reflected, "Yes, there is one thing that frightens me-

the fear that God seems to be dying out of the minds of men."


Obeying the first commandment would prevent this from happening.

Yet man attempts to make gods out of money, material possessions,

pleasure, knowledge, people, and in so doing forgets the true God.

But no created thing can ever fill the place in our heart God

intends for Himself.


A child was asked, "How many gods are there?"  "Only one," he

replied.  "How do you know?"  "Because," he said, "God fills

heaven and earth, so there's room for only one."


Our worship of God becomes focused when we receive Jesus as our

personal Savior, for He is God in the flesh (Jn. 1:14).  But why

does God command us to love and worship Him alone?  Because in Him

we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28), and from Him we

receive eternal life (Col. 1:13-18).  He has every right to say,

"No other gods!" because He alone is the living and true God, who

created us and redeemed us.


- Dennis J. DeHaan


For further study and reflection:


Matthew 10:34-39; Matthew 22:34-40;

Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-28




Only God who fills the universe can fill the human heart.