You’ve heard the phrase, “your actions speak so loudly I can’t hear what you say”. The third commandment is to not take God’s name in vain.
When I was a child I figured that I didn’t have to pay attention to that one since I had no anger problem or tendency to cuss or swear. However, Jesus was good at taking the laws, we figured we could keep, and sharpening them up. For the law is a truancy officer catching us and bringing us to the non-upbraiding teaching of Jesus.
Never committed adultery? Have you ever looked at a beautiful member of the opposite sex and felt cheated by God’s portion and gift to you because you had no “significant other” or one that did not look or sound as nice as the one you were looking at? Yes? Guilty as charged? Then we are adulterers.
Never killed someone? Have you ever called someone a dummy or even rolled your eyes at their unbelievable ignorance? Guilty as charged? Then we are murderers.
Never taken His name in vain? Have you never reacted to a situation or moment’s trigger by forgetting all about God? Guilty as charged? Then we have SAID BY OUR ACTIONS that God and his word is irrelevant to the situation.
In all your ways acknowledge him. Without him you can do nothing. He counts the hairs on your head, how could he not know about and want to be part of every moment of your life. He is, after all, the most controlling being in the universe. He always gets his way in the end. However he seeks to grab ahold of the current situation through your yielded body members by getting us to act according to his assertive techniques: (which are not our techniques by the way)
Turn the other cheek, walk the second mile, give to him that asketh, if you have two coats share one, be hospitable to those who can’t or won’t return the favor etc. etc. etc.
Besides saying that God and his word are not useful for the current situation,
do you say (by your thoughts feeling investment of time treasure risk and actions) that God is a poor provider so you must overwork and borrow to get by? That he is too busy or uncaring so don’t bother him with your problems?
That he has done a poor job of picking your family and church so don’t get real with them and see them as the enemy?
That his gift of labor to keep you out of trouble was actually a curse so you mope on Monday hanging in till “hump” Wednesday and starting to perk up on Friday because it is almost Saturday? Do you resent the ordinary and suggest that God should have given you a more “adventuresome” life?
Do you drag yourself to church suggesting that this was one of God’s more idiotic ideas?
Do you sit in the back rows, suggesting that you had better watch out or God will make unreasonable demands on your time and ask you to take risks with getting to be real with other Christians? Do you have a miserable “poor me” countenance thus proclaiming that God is a lousy husband? (1 Samuel 1:8Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?)
YOUR WORDS ARE STRONG AGAINST ME saith the Lord, yet you say “What have I said against you?”
Malachi 3:13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?
14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?
PRAYER: “DEAR LORD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY (life actions and countenance) AND THE MEDITATION OF MY HEART BE ACCEPTABLE IN THY SIGHT OH LORD MY STRENGTH AND MY REDEEMER.”