Exodus 20: 2-3 NKJ
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
God is pretty clear in His messages to us. His very first command....none before Him. I find it interesting too that He precedes everything He is about to say with a reminder that it is HE...not them, not Moses and certainly not Pharaoh, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of bondage and on to greater things. Sometimes it's those "greater things" that scare us so badly that we aren't sure we want to go there...Sometimes we need the reminder that He is bringing us out of the things that have held us so long, that we cried for deliverance from....He did what we asked. But when we stare that in the face, it can sometimes look overwhelming.
But listen to His words...I AM. Not I was, or used to be, or have been in the past but I AM...right now, in whatever you and I are facing He is our God. Our Deliver. And we shall set no other gods before Him. Because we all have haven't we? I certainly have. The god of money, the god of possessions, the god of relationships, you fill in the blank. I have put my security and hope in all those things..and they failed me, every single time. It is when we put our basic, moment by moment desperate need in the only One who can save us, hold us and meet us where we are time after time, that we put God in His proper place. He is first, above all else. He will never be okay with second place. Thankful.