“I, the Lord, am your God. You shall have no other gods before me.” – God
“Of course I don’t worship anyone other than God,” you might say. But how often do you pray? How often do you let God take care of the work or do you just take matters into your own hands to make sure it gets done when and how you want it done?
Many of us have been there. We let many things come before God in our busy and often hectic lives. What does it actually mean not to have any other gods before God? When you pray, you are praying to God, right? You make an effort to get to Mass on Sundays, right? Duh, you don’t worship anything else…or do you?
In today’s world, and in the days when Moses received the Commandments, even material objects can be seen as other gods before God. Do you put your faith in your money? Your clothes? MTV? What is it that drives you each and everyday to make the decisions you do?
God was hardly joking when he said don’t put other gods before me. In truth, the real joy and fulfillment of letting God take control of your life is the most freeing choice one can make.
True freedom lies in knowing that because you love God so much and trust he will take care of you that he never disappoints. You are freer to live your life and be of assistance to others who may be struggling.
You have a wonderful chance to be Christ-like to others and help them walk the path that you are walking. Jesus said if you ask anything in faith it will be granted.
Don’t bother trying to fool God into giving you what you want, however. Asking God superstitiously or making deals with him usually never works (in my experience). It must be a true faith from a true heart that has placed its worries into the hands of God and has asked of him in earnest faith.
As Catholics we worship only the one, true God described in the Nicene Creed. We do not worship saints, statues or anything else that is an obstacle to God. To some, our Catholic practices may appear that we are acting contrary to this commandment however, that is not the case. Only God knows what is truly in one’s heart and knows if one is truly devoted only to him.
In short, it is not official Catholic practice to worship anything or anyone other than the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit that comprise God.
Not in our money, clothes, powerful friends, etc. can we place our total trust and know that everything will be taken care of and experience true joy. You can rest assured that if you trust God completely he will answer your prayers.