Have you ever thought about the 10 commandments and which one would be the toughest to follow?
When I think of a tough commandment to follow…I would have to say “Thou shall not use the LORD’S name in vain.”
I see us as a society constantly using GOD’S name in vain. We say “OMG” and “Oh my GOD” like it’s just every day talk. I’m talking about born again believers, not just non believers. Especially little kids when they are playing sports, on the playground or a video game or something like that. I often hear them just blurt it out.
They’re just kids, right? Yes. But they are like parrots and they repeat what they hear from their parents, other adults or teens. I remember when I wasn’t walking with the LORD over 13 years ago, I would say JC and GD like it was nothing. I didn’t say it as much as the “f” word, let’s be real, but i said it. So, believe me, I am no one to judge. Now, when I hear people use HIS name in vain, it just makes me cringe. It takes me back to a time where I would speak like that. I don’t even like to hear “Oh my GOD!” or even just flippantly, saying GOD. Or saying, Jesus before we make a statement. It really bothers me because I know how much it bothers HIM!!!
They are just text initials… so what?!
Recently, my husband starting messing around with our crazy alpha driven dog to the point of really agitating him so he would start to go crazy around the house. And no sooner did we get done praying together, I said, “God, you really agitate him!” And I thought to myself, you got to be kidding me… can’t I ever stop dishonoring GOD?! Immediately, I asked the LORD for forgiveness because I know it’s wrong and it made me feel horrible to use HIS name in that manner. So, as much as I love the LORD, I still to this day have a difficult time not using HIS name so casually. The only time I want to say HIS name is when I am speaking to HIM in prayer or talking to HIM, as I do all day long. I am so grateful HE opened my eyes and ears to realizing it’s wrong to casually use GOD’S name just like it’s any other name.
This is the manner I choose to use the name of the LORD…
Hallelujah! Thank God ! Pray to Him by name! Tell everyone you meet what He has done! Sing Him songs, belt out hymns, translate His wonders into music! Honor His holy name with Hallelujahs, you who seek God . Live a happy life! Keep your eyes open for God watch for His works; be alert for signs of His presence. Remember the world of wonders He has made, His miracles, and the verdicts He’s rendered— O seed of Abraham, His servant, O child of Jacob, His chosen.
Psalm 105:1-6 MSG
Father, I thank You for the conviction You bring to me as Your daughter and to all your sons and daughters who truly want to please You in all we say and do. Thank You how You came to testify to the Truth in Your Word. You are so loving and forgiving towards us. You don’t shame us or condemn us in any way. Teach us, LORD, Your Way and help us all to walk in it. Forgive me for the idle way I can just let Your name come out of my mouth like it’s nothing. Thank You for Your love and faithfulness in our lives. You know You didn’t create us to be perfect, yet You are perfecting us every day into the image of Your precious Son, Jesus. LORD, I don’t intend to let You down ever. Please help me to honor and glorify You in every way. I love and adore You with every thing You gave me. Help me show that in my character, conduct and conversation. That’s my heart for You, LORD. In Jesus’ precious and powerful name. Amen.
So, if you or I feel bad about saying GOD’S name in vain, then as I have learned, only spending time in the Word of GOD and praying will allow HIM to change us. Because, no matter how hard we try, we cannot change ourselves and no one else can change us either.
I praise Your name, Jesus, and not curse it. LORD, help me.