God issued the Ten Commandments to the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness. He was seeking to give the a road map to life as a follower of God. Some laws pointed them to the only true God (no idols!). Other laws were warnings against using His name in vain, against stealing, murder, coveting, and so on. One law even reminded them to take a sabbath rest and to connect to Him on that day.
Thousands of years later these rules still apply and we still struggle with some of them. Well, maybe we struggle with most of them. At times we allow idols to rule our lives – the idols of money or power or recognition or gossip. We can chase after these idols. At times we may take more than we need or deserve and maybe do not always give 10% of our time or money back to God each day. We can hold a pretty tight grip on these things. At other times we may even be jealous of what another has. We can cast a longing eye at their new boat or their spouse or their musical or athletic ability.
Yet God does not give up on us. The Holy Spirit continues to place signs, to nudge us, to speak truth into our lives. As we learn to heed and to listen to these things, God refines us. Our path gradually becomes more aligned with the path that Jesus walked. Our footsteps stray and wander less as we grow in our faith and continue to become more and more Christ-like. The path can be challenging and Satan will always continue to place temptations before us. Yet God is always there, cheering us on, always pouring His grace, love, mercy, and forgiveness into us. May we trust and lean into His strength and guidance as we seek to continue on our journey of faith.
Scripture reference: Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, and 12-20