Exodus 20:3-4 (KJV): “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.”
COMMENTARY: Trust in God only. People will disappoint you. God created you, He loves you, and has a wonderful plan for your life. He is too good to do wrong, and too wise to make a mistake, even when you are surrounded by challenges and problems. Let His peace abide in you.
God created us to live in social environments, and to be “knit together in love.” We need other people. However, we’re all sinners living in a fallen world full of sinful people. We have an adversary who constantly seeks to steal, kill, and destroy.
In the final analysis, you must place your complete trust in the Living God and in Him alone. The danger in trusting other people is that they can become gods. If we’re not careful, we can start living and planning our lives based on “their” leadership, “their” opinions and “their” performance. Then, when things don’t go as planned or hoped, we’re capable of going into emotional, mental, physical or spiritual tailspins.
APPLICATION: Who among us has had a career or a business plan that panned out perfectly? Who among us has not experienced major business or career curveballs?
Be of good cheer: God sees everything and knows everything. God has a wonderful way of working things out for good–often in mysterious and unexpected ways. As the old-time hymn goes, “Trust and obey…there’s just no other way…to be happy in Jesus…than to trust and obey!”
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about Exodus 20:3-4 (KJV) , read The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.