Monday, May 9, 2022

The Most Important Tablets of All

“But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands” (Exodus 20:6 NLT).

Tablets are so much a part of our lives today. We read our emails on them, follow social media on them, and watch movies on them. Well, God had the original tablets—and a tech company didn’t make them. He gave them to Moses, engraved with His words by His very finger. We call them the Ten Commandments.

At little more than three hundred words in English, the Ten Commandments form the foundation of the legal system and are at the heart of Western civilization. Most people acknowledge that the Ten Commandments are important and are true, but very few people know the Ten Commandments.

A recent survey revealed that only 14 percent of Americans could name the Ten Commandments. If can remember details like the names of the Beatles or all the kids in the Brady Bunch, we could manage to memorize the Ten Commandments.

But we need to do more than memorize these commandments; we need to internalize them because they’re not obsolete. They’re absolute. 

In fact, Psalm 1 tells us, “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night” (verses 1–2 NLT).

In other words, if you keep God’s commandments, you will be a happy person. The commandments are not like the bars of a prison to keep us inside. They’re like walls of protection to keep evil out of our lives.

God has given us the solution to all our problems in the Scriptures, and they’re broken out for us in the Ten Commandments.

He has given them to us for our own good, so we can go from hopelessness to happiness.

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