“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” – Exodus 20:3 KJV
We each go down a road in life, and along the way we search for values that define us – who we are, what we stand for, and how we want to treat others and be treated in return. Every person has values – even the mafia and drug lords; even Hitler. Confusion about values comes because man starts at the wrong place – with himself. We’re filled with a culture of many people that are seeking to do what is “right in their own eyes” and it’s led to chaos – morally, spiritually, emotionally and relationally. I urge you to start with God’s number one commandment, “You shall have no other gods before Me.”
Some argue that what is most important to you is really your god. So, what’s most important to you? Is it family, success, money, power, and possessions, happiness? What is your most important value? When it’s anyone or anything besides God, it’s a “god” (little “g”) and our value orientation gets out of whack.
When we start from the wrong place, we always wind up lost and confused, following false “gods.” God says, “Start with Me; put Me first and all other values have a way of falling into place.” It’s the key to right values.