Daily Devotion – February 26, 2018
Exodus 20:1-11
Then God spoke all these words:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.
You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work-you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.
Devotion by Lynne Buell
While the wording is very powerful and intense, I truly believe the message that lies beneath the hostile tone of the verse is merely a reminder of how much God loves us. This powerful and loving God created us and all that is on this earth, and God takes notice of everything we think and do. The 10 Commandments are God’s laws that can bring happiness and peace throughout our world if we live according to them. When we perform a wrongdoing, we can pray for forgiveness and ask for guidance toward the right path. Isn’t that why Jesus’ life was sacrificed?
In this present day and time, we all live a constant race against time day in and day out with family activities, our jobs, and keeping up with our chores. We find ourselves becoming reckless and losing sight of God…or wandering in the wilderness. Taking time to withdraw from what our normal routines may be–whether it’s a certain set time every day or on Sunday–we can regain our strength if we open ourselves up to God and take in God’s love and guidance through meditation and prayer.
Help us to know how much we are loved by you. We long to be closer to you, therefore, we ask that you continue to remind us that nothing is more important in our lives than following in Jesus’s footsteps. Amen.

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