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Who is in the driver’s seat of your life?

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Posted by Brad Quiring on January 12, 2015

Who is really in control of your life? If we look honestly at ourselves we realize that there is so much out of our control. Nevertheless, we don’t want to submit ourselves to the one who is able to be Lord of all, we try to create a god that looks much like us. The result of this is misplaced priorities that take us down a road to greater problems than we’ve ever had before.

This is why God calls us to trust in Him and leave our homemade gods out of the driver’s seat.

Let’s start from the beginning of the 10 commandments:

Exodus 20:1 - 3

1 And God spoke all these words:

2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

NOTES:

  • God created everything in the beginning
    • He has always been
    • He has supreme power, wisdom and intelligence
    • This gives God the right to have supreme authority

  • There is no other God. Therefore we are to have no other gods before (priority), beside (equal to and competing with) or besides God (substitute for)

  • The First Commandment (You shall have no other gods) is our heart attitude.

  • The Second Commandment is this:

Exodus 20:4

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

What is God talking about here. Paul explains it in Romans 1:21 - 23

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

It’s about making God in our image. The issue is that God designed and made people in His image and gave them His purpose. People have decided that they don’t want God and His purpose (ungrateful and selfish). So their hearts became darkened (obscured and confused). Their thinking became futile (empty, useless, purposeless).

We exchanged wisdom for foolishness and the glory of God (the sum of God’s attributes) for the lesser glory of that which is created.

The idea is to represent God in a way someone can understand and thus control. God is beyond our control and we do not like it, so we attempt to become the lords and gods of our own lives.

We submit ourselves to that which WE have created, nonetheless, we define the control that we give. Idolatry is the practice of being lords and gods of our own lives. It is allowing something other than the true God to define our lives and purpose.

God says do not “bow down” to them, submit to that which we have made. Do not give authority to that which is not the True God.

He also says do not “worship” them, which is to give “worth” or “value” to them. Our priority is to be God’s priority and purpose for our lives.

Although this God is so far beyond us, He has reached out to us to bring us into a relationship with Him. This is why there can be no other gods beside or before the true God. This is also why we cannot invent something to represent God, as it will ultimately replace Him in our hearts and minds.

The key to the change is a change in our heart and mind. Our change is based on what the Bible says about God. Let’s look at Psalm 72

Psalm 72

1 Endow the king with your justice, O God,

the royal son with your righteousness.
2 May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.
the hills the fruit of righteousness.
and save the children of the needy;
may he crush the oppressor.
as long as the moon, through all generations.
6 May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
like showers watering the earth.
7 In his days may the righteous flourish
and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.
9 May the desert tribes bow before him
and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores
bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba and Seba
present him gifts.
11 May all kings bow down to him
and all nations serve him.
the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy
and save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
for precious is their blood in his sight.
May gold from Sheba be given him.
May people ever pray for him
and bless him all day long.
16 May grain abound throughout the land;
on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
and thrive like the grass of the field.
may it continue as long as the sun.
and they will call him blessed.
who alone does marvelous deeds.
19 Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.

3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,

The True God is righteous and just. Jesus is perfect, he has never sinned and as Lord, he is completely trustworthy and fair. He is already established as God

QUESTION: Do we trust him? Do we try to be “good” and not admit we are sinners? Do we recognize God’s authority?

4 May he defend the afflicted among the people

The true God cares for those who are humiliated and down. We are all humiliated and brought down by our sin and rebellion against God. But Jesus came to defend us from the oppression of sin and the Devil.

5 May he endure as long as the sun,

The true God is our provider. He created everything and still has his hand in the way our world works. All our needs are provided by God through Jesus Christ.

If God is our provider, then we need to stop worrying and start trusting. That means praying to God when we have needs, act correctly in those situations and not compromise our integrity and do something that would damage us, others and Jesus’ reputation.

8 May he rule from sea to sea

and from the River to the ends of the earth.

Jesus is “Lord”, just as we have seen in Exodus 20:2. We must bow down (humble ourselves) and worship (give to Jesus what is due) him, not our own type or interpretations of God.

This means giving to Jesus what he has always deserved:

  • Our time
  • Our money
  • Our talents

We serve Jesus by serving others with these resources. It can be in the church, it can be in the family, it can be in our work places or schools. It means giving ourselves away and living for Jesus

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,

Jesus is our Saviour – Exodus 20:2 shows God is our Saviour when we were weak and helpless in sin.

Do we cry out to God in our time of need? Is he the first one we think about? Do we pray that God will help those in need? There are so many opportunities to help others, we must act.

15 Long may he live!

True success and prosperity are found in a relationship with Jesus. Our faith should lead us to trust in him and entrust all that we have to him. The money and things we have are not our source of security or authority. Idolatry places things above Jesus.

17 May his name endure forever;

Then all nations will be blessed through him,

18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.

In the end, our life, existence and purpose depend on Jesus, on God.

Is our purpose in life to live for ourselves or live for Jesus? What is our motivation?